First Lady Michelle Obama has landed in Haiti for an unannounced visit to the country still struggling to recover following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 12th.
Accompanied by Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, the first lady touched down in Port-au-Prince Tuesday at 10:40 am local time. They took a helicopter tour of the city upon their arrival. More than a million people are currently homeless in the Haitian capital.
The two women will spend the day in Haiti before continuing on to Mexico City.
“First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are visiting Haiti to underscore to the Haitian people and the Haitian government the enduring U.S. commitment to help Haiti recover and rebuild, especially as we enter the rainy and hurricane seasons, and to thank the women and men across the whole of the U.S. government for their extraordinary efforts in Haiti during the past three months,” the White House said in a statement released when the delegation arrived.
“They will also reach out to the UN and international relief communities in recognition of the truly global effort underway to help Haiti,” continued the statement.