The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says it stands in solidarity with the Government and people of Haiti following the earthquake which occurred on Saturday.
“We express our deepest sympathy, knowing that the Haitian people have had to continually grapple with natural hazards as well as social and economic challenges over a number of years,” the CDB said in a statement.
According to the statement, the CDB team, through its involvement in the Caribbean Donor Partner Group, led by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), and co-chaired by the United Nations Development Programme Resident Coordinators Office, is currently involved in the planning process for a coordinated regional response to provide immediate and longer-term support on the ground.
“Our condolences to the citizens who have lost loved ones or suffered injury or damage to property. The CDB pledges to work with national and regional organisations to assist the recovery and to continue its efforts to improve conditions for the people of Haiti,” the CDB statement said.
The Haitian government declared a state of emergency after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the country.
And the death toll from the disaster is mounting as rescuers search for survivors.
CNN, quoting Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency, reported on Sunday that at least 1, 297 deaths had been confirmed with more than 5,700 people injured.