Red Cross updates Haiti efforts

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The decimated island of Haiti suffered another major earthquake Wednesday morning registering at 6.0 on the Richter Scale. Still, American Red Cross activities are continuing as planned.

There are currently 18 Red Cross Emergency Response Units activated for response on the island, but only eleven have arrived and are operational. The ERUs are delivering medical care, clean water, logistics and telecommunications support.

Officials say with Tuesday's deployment of two additional teams, the Haiti disaster response has become the largest-ever deployment of the global Red Cross network for a single affected country.

The World Health Organization is estimating 50,000 deaths since the initial earthquake destroyed most of the island on January 12, 2010. There are more than 3 million people living in the affected area.

Funding is still pouring into the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere. The International Federation Response stood at more than $103 million as of January 15. The American Red Cross says it has more than $127 million in resources being pumped into the area.

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