Peru to help rebuild schools, water systems in Haiti

09:37, February 11, 2010      

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Peruvian President Alan Garcia said Tuesday his country will donate 10 million U.S. dollars for the reconstruction of schools and potable water systems in quake-hit Haiti.

If all South American countries follow suit, the amount could soon reach some 100 million dollars, Garcia said at an extraordinary summit of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) in Quito, Ecuador.

According to news reaching here, Garcia called on South American countries to contribute to the reconstruction of road infrastructure and all other fields in need of rebuilding in the small Caribbean island country.

Garcia stressed the importance of international assistance when a country suffers from natural disaster, citing the support given to his country after a strong earthquake jolted southern Peru in August 2007.

The president also announced that Peur would be sending about 300 troops to help keep order in Haiti.

The Unasur special summit was summoned by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, who holds the regional block's rotating presidency, to coordinate assistance for reconstruction in Haiti. The organization groups Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela and Ecuador.

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake in Haiti on Jan. 12 has killed more than 210,000 people, injured a huge number of others and left about 2 million people in need of aid.

Source: Xinhua
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