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Iceland Sends Search and Rescue Team to Haiti

Foreign Minister of Iceland Össur Skarphédinsson has deployed the Icelandic International Search and Rescue Team to Haiti to participate in rescue efforts after an earthquake hit south of Port-au-Prince yesterday. The team left Iceland at 10 am this morning and will arrive in Haiti around 4 pm local time.

An Icelandic search and rescue team during practice. The photo is not directly related to the story. By Páll Stefánsson.

The team is fully equipped and self-sufficient for up to seven days in the field, bringing with them ten metric tons of their own tools and equipment, three tons of water, tents, advanced communication equipment and water purifying capability, a press release from the Foreign Ministry describes.

The Icelandic International Search and Rescue team has extensive experience in rescue operations following serious earthquakes, for example in Turkey and Morocco.

It is an INSARAG (International Search and Rescue Advisory Group of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA) certified medium urban search and rescue team.

The foreign minister followed preparations closely and visited the team’s headquarters prior to deployment. Foreign Ministry officials have also coordinated with the Haitian authorities, who welcomed the swift response from Iceland.

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