U.S. sending disaster response teams to Haiti

WASHINGTON Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:05pm EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Agency for International Development is sending disaster response teams to Haiti to help the impoverished nation after it was hit by a major earthquake on Tuesday.

USAID said in a statement it would be sending teams including up to 72 people, six search and rescue dogs and up to 48 tons of rescue equipment.

The teams will be accompanied by USAID disaster experts who will help assess the situation in Haiti.

(Reporting by Deborah Charles, Editing by Stacey Joyce)

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