United Nations grateful to China's contributions in Haiti disaster

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"We were very pleased to see the searching rescue and medical teams from China in Haiti. They did an extremely good job, so we were very grateful for that contributions," United Nations official John Holmes told Xinhua in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

The Latin American country Haiti was devastated by a major earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude in January 2010. The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that between 40,000 to 50, 000 people have been killed in the earthquake.

Even though Haiti has no diplomatic relations with China, China has sent rescue and medical teams immediately after the area was devastated by the major earthquake. The Chinese relief team was amongst the first on the ground in Haiti.

The UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Holmes told Xinhua, "China has very great capability to deal with natural disasters, because, unfortunately, China lives in disasters for its own country, for the earthquake or flood, (China) have full ranges of disasters to deal with, so (it) has developed very good capability."

Immediately after the earthquake, the Chinese Red Cross has allocated 1.1 million yuan (about 161,000 U.S. dollars) in materials and cash. Among the materials were 500 tents, 1,000 quilts and 1,000 coats.

"Absolutely we would like to see China playing role in all these areas, and China is very interested in playing increasing role in peacekeeping and the what it is, including Haiti, what I think to be a contribution there, including Sudan where Chinese engineering can believe himself, that's very important," Holmes said.

Talking about the climate change and natural disasters, Holmes said "We believe the climate change is resulting more disasters and more intense disasters. When actually look at the trend, there are growths in flooding, there is more droughts and of course there are more hurricane and cyclones around."

"The trend is without any doubt upward," Holmes said.

Source:Xinhua
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