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Canadian response to earthquake in Haiti, money and DART team, and how you can help

The casualties from the devastating earthquake in Haiti yesterday are now estimated by some to be much higher than the thousands predicted earlier. 

Canada pledged support immediately.

CIDA, the Canadian International Development Agency, is the Government of Canada's lead agency for providing humanitarian assistance.  On the CIDA website today, there is a press release announcing that Canada will immediately provide up to $5 million for urgent assistance to the earthquake victims.

On the Prime Minister's website, PM Stephen Harper says that he has spoken with US President Obama and the two countries, Canada and the US, will be co-operating in responding to the catastrophe.

The website of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada has a statement by Minister Cannon from this morning, saying that the DART (Disaster Assistance Response Team) reconnaissance team has gone to Haiti to assess the needs and that more resources will be deployed according to the need.

How you can help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti

Aid agencies recommend donating cash.  This allows them to provide for the most urgent needs.

The Canadian Red Cross is one major agency accepting donations online and by phone. 

Toll-free number for the Canadian Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Fund:  1-800-418-1111.