China donates $4.4 mln in humanitarian aid to quake-hit Haiti Friday, January 15, 2010

China will deliver humanitarian aid worth 30 million yuan (4.41 million U.S. dollars) to the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Ministry of Commerce announced Friday.

A chartered flight loaded with the first batch of emergency materials, including medicines, tents, food, emergency lights, clothing and water, would depart from Beijing on Saturday morning, said a ministry statement.

China sent an emergency rescue team on Wednesday evening to Haiti, where tens of thousands of people are buried under debris after the 7.3-magnitude earthquake, the strongest quake in about 200 years in the Caribbean island country, on Tuesday.

China's Red Cross Society has pledged 1 million U.S. dollars in emergency aid.

Editor: Li Xianzhi
Source: Xinhua