Aid groups preparing for major Haiti quake effort

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GENEVA (AP) — The international Red Cross and other aid groups say they are preparing a major disaster relief effort in Haiti after a powerful earthquake struck the capital.

ICRC spokesman Simon Schorno says the agency is preparing to send a relief team from Geneva to help hospitals deal with casualties caused by “massive destruction in all the main neighborhoods of the city.”

Schorno said Wednesday that Haitian Red Cross staff are completely overwhelmed and that there is little or no coordinated aid effort at this point. He said there is “very little information about the scale of the disaster.”

Britain, France, Mexico, Venezuela and Taiwan have pledged to send aid teams.