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CDEMA’s Sub Regional Focal Point, Jamaica in forefront of CARICOM’s response to Haiti

Bridgetown, Barbados, January 16, 2010 (CDEMA) - Jamaica is leading CARICOM’s response to the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti. Within minutes of the earthquake Ronald Jackson, the Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), was in touch with CDEMA’s Headquarters in Barbados to discuss immediate actions that the CDEMA Sub-Regional Focal Point would take in response to the event.

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Haiti Earthquake Update #5 - CARICOM Intervention in Haiti to focus on the Health Sector

MESSAGE: 7.0 HAITI EARTHQUAKE UPDATE #5 CARICOM Intervention in Haiti to focus on the Health Sector. (As at 9.00 PM, January 15, 2010)

THE EVENT:
Port-au Prince, the capital city of Haiti has been devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake which struck the island on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. Damage has been of catastrophic proportions with almost 80 percent of the structures in the capital destroyed. There has been significant loss of life and it is estimated that approximately three (3) million people (or one third of the population) has been affected.

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Haiti Earthquake Update #6 CARICOM advances efforts to provide health related support to Haiti.

MESSAGE: 7.0 HAITI EARTHQUAKE UPDATE #6 CARICOM advances efforts to provide health related support to Haiti. (As at 15:30 hrs, January 16, 2010)

THE EVENT:
Port-au Prince, the capital city of Haiti has been devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake which struck the island on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. Damage has been of catastrophic proportions with almost 80 percent of the structures in the capital destroyed. There has been significant loss of life and it is estimated that approximately three (3) million people (or one third of the population) has been affected.

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Haiti Earthquake Update #4 -Jamaica is staging area for flights into Hait

MESSAGE: 7.0 HAITI EARTHQUAKE UPDATE #4 Jamaica is staging area for flights into Haiti (As at 9.00 PM, January 14, 2010)

THE EVENT:
Haiti was struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. The earthquake has resulted in catastrophic damage to the capital Port-Au-Prince and significant loss of life. It is estimated that approximately three (3) million people have been affected.

Reports suggest that several thousand people remain trapped in collapsed buildings making search and rescue a critical need.

Hospitals and health facilities have been severely affected. Immediate health priorities include: treatment of people with major trauma injuries; preventing the infection of wounds; provision of clean water; sanitation; and ensuring breast-feeding is continued.

Communication options remain limited.
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Haiti Earthquake Update #3 - CDEMA Coordinating Pledges of Aid for Haiti

MESSAGE: 7.0 HAITI EARTHQUAKE UPDATE #3 CDEMA Coordinating Pledges of Aid for Haiti

THE EVENT:
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake located 18.451°N, 72.445°W struck the island of Haiti on Tuesday January 12th, 2010 at about 5:53 PM Atlantic Standard Time (AST). According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake struck 15 km (10 miles) South West of Port-au-Prince at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Aftershocks are still being felt.
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