Dutch raise EUR 100 million for Haiti

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More than EUR 100 million have been raised in the Netherlands to help the Haiti earthquake victims.

The Hague – More than EUR 100 million have been raised in the Netherlands to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake, Dutch aid organisations said Thursday.

"We have received EUR 100.6 million" in a special account set up for donations, Ruud Huurman, a spokesman for the SHO, a grouping of nine aid organisations including local branches of the Red Cross and Unicef, told AFP.

"It is fantastic," he said.

The account, created on 13 January, will remain open for donations until 26 February.

The Netherlands has 16.5 million inhabitants.

The total includes a sum of EUR 41.5 million contributed by the Dutch government after the minister of development cooperation promised to double all pledges to a telethon held on January 22.

The SHO said the money would be spent in Haiti over three to five years.

"The reconstruction of Haiti will be a huge challenge," it said in a statement.

Giving the latest toll this week, Haitian President Rene Preval said "nearly 170,000" bodies had been counted since the quake, significantly higher than previous estimates of 150,000.

AFP / Expatica

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