Millions in Swedish aid headed to quake-hit Haiti

Sweden plans to donate 180 million kronor ($25.6 million) in financial aid to help Haiti recover from last week’s devastating earthquake, the foreign ministry said on Monday.

Millions in Swedish aid headed to quake-hit Haiti

“Sweden’s support for the emergency situation in Haiti now amounts to 180 million kronor. In addition, Sweden will disburse its entire annual contribution of 425 million kronor to the UN Central Emergency Response fund (CERF),” the ministry said in a statement.

The UN said on Friday that it was launching an appeal for $562 million from donors following Tuesday’s 7.0 magnitude quake which devastated the poverty-stricken Caribbean nation of nine million and was the strongest in more than a century.

“Approximately 100 million of the 180 million kronor is new money that is up front. The rest of the sum is money that we had made available in the UN system before the crisis,” a spokesman for International Development Cooperation minister Gunilla Carlsson, Peter Larsson, told AFP.

At least 70,000 bodies have been buried in mass graves and officials fear the final death toll could top 200,000, while 250,000 people were injured and up to 1.5 million were left homeless.

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Swede dies in earthquake in Greece and Turkey

A Swedish man was one of the people killed when a violent earthquake hit Greek island Kos, Sweden's foreign ministry has confirmed.

Swede dies in earthquake in Greece and Turkey
Rubble sitting outside the bar damaged by an earthquake in Kos, Greece. Photo: Michael Probst/AP

A second person killed was named as Turkish national Sinan Kurdoglu by Turkey's deputy prime minister, according to news agency the Associated Press. The men died when the roof of a bar collapsed in Kos, The Guardian reports.

The 6.7 magnitude earthquake shook the Greek island and Turkish tourist resort Bodrum in the early hours of Friday. Greek officials said around 200 people were injured, at least 120 on Kos and 70 in Turkey. Sweden's foreign ministry has confirmed that Swedes are among the injured.

The epicentre of the earthquake, which struck at around 1.30am local time, was 10 kilometres south of Bodrum and 16 kilometres north-east of Kos which was the worst hit, reports The Guardian.

A toppled column in Kos after the earthquake. Photo: Michael Probst/AP

“I'm still in shock,” Isak Bergh from Västerås told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, explaining that paintings and mirrors fell from the walls of the hotel he was in and the power was lost.

Another reader described the scene at Rhodes airport.

“I laid on the floor and started to shake around,” Brian Ramirez explained.