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Brangelina Contribute $ 1 Million For Haiti Quake Victims

PTI 14 Jan 2010, 21:11:54 IST

Hollywood stars have come out in force to help the needy in Haiti earthquake disaster.

Joining Wyclef Jean, whose Yelé Haiti Foundation raised relief funds in the wake of Hurricane Gustav and other tropical storms that battered the area in 2008, stars such as Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, Ben Stiller, Adam Lambert, Paris Hilton, Coldplay's Chris Martin and many more have sounded the call to send support to the island nation.

The big-pocketed Jolie-Pitt Foundation pledged $1 million to Doctors Without Borders, one of Brangelina's pet causes, which has said it will be flying in additional staff and a portable hospital to treat those injured by the massive earthquake that rocked the island nation Tuesday.

The couple, who have toured the island to assist Wyclef's Yelé Haiti charity, earlier issued the following statement: "We are devastated by the news from Haiti. We will work closely with our good friend Wyclef Jean to support the humanitarian efforts on the island and help those who have been injured and left without homes and shelter."

Oprah Winfrey made a plea to her audience Wednesday to support the Red Cross. "Be of service," she said. "This is a time where we, as a global nation, should come together and support those who are in need."

Usher issued a statement steering those interested to his own charitable organization. "With Haiti in a state of emergency right now, young people do have the power to save lives. I am asking young people of all ages to mobilize by organizing local fundraisers with the proceeds going to their peers in Haiti. This is one way we all can make a difference."

India on Thursday  announced a cash assistance of $ one million to earthquake-devastated Haiti for immediate and emergency relief purposes. 

"India is deeply saddened at the death and destruction caused by the earthquake in Haiti on January 12. Government has also decided to give $ 1 million  in cash to Haiti for immediate and emergency relief purposes," a External Affairs Ministry statement said in New Delhi. 

It said "communications with Haiti are currently difficult. However, it has been ascertained that all 140 personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) deployed with the United Nations are safe. So are all civil police officers deployed with the United Nations Mission in Haiti." 

The ministry was in contact with the Indian Embassy in Havana, which is concurrently accredited to Haiti, to ascertain the welfare of other Indian nationals who are presently in Haiti, it said. PTI