Haiti Earthquake Update #7 CARICOM Tactical Advance Party arrives in Haiti

MESSAGE: 7.0 HAITI EARTHQUAKE UPDATE #7 CARICOM Tactical Advance Party arrives in Haiti to establish logistical arrangement for delivery of the Region’s Health Sector intervention. (As at 15:30 hrs, January 17, 2010)


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. An aftershock measuring 4.6 magnitude was reported to have been felt this afternoon.


Search and Rescue efforts are continuing but are reportedly hampered by inaccessibility to areas, lack of heavy duty equipment and limited fuel supplies. Communication on the ground remains very poor. All efforts are being made to restore communication as soon as possible.

According to the Haiti Ministry of the Interior, Department of Civil Protection: many injuries, deaths and loss of homes are reported from Leogane (1,300 injured, 581 deaths), Petit Goave (2,000 injured), Grand Goave (3,000 injured, 14,000 homeless, and Gressier (80% of homes destroyed.

There has been an influx of people to Gonaive, San Marc and Jiman. Local hospitals are overwhelmed.


The airport in Haiti is open for daytime operations and at this time entry is restricted to military and humanitarian flights. There is no possibility of any over-flights due to very limited staffing.

Refueling options at Port au Prince Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport (MPTT) are uncertain. Once (if) the ground stop is released, aircraft filed for MPTT should plan at least one hour of holding fuel and enough extra fuel to get to a secondary airport after departing MTPP without refueling.

The Port is currently non-operational.

The main access road into Port au Prince have been cleared and are open. Secondary roads are still blocked. The road from Jacmel to Port au Prince is passable for "all terrain" vehicles (i.e. 4WD). The road from Santo Domingo to Port au Prince is becoming congested as much cargo is already moving.


The Tactical Advance Party for CARICOM arrived safely in Haiti Today, January 17, 2010 at 10.30 a.m. The Party is harnessing information and establishing logistical arrangements for delivery of the Region’s Health Sector intervention.

Arrangements are currently underway to facilitate deployment of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) into Haiti on Thursday 21, January 2010. The CDRU is estimated to comprise thirty-one (31) members from the CDEMA Participating States, namely Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

CDEMA continues to communicate with the JDF and the Department of Civil Protection in Haiti following the initiation of contact on January 14, 2010. HAM Radio communication although limited, is being monitored with the support of the Barbados Amateur Radio Society who is keeping CDEMA updated on critical information as it emerges.


Updates from PAHO/WHO, a CDEMA partner, indicate that field hospitals have been installed by a number of countries and some are already fully operational, including those from Israel and Russia. Additional field hospitals are expected to be arriving from several other countries, including Turkey, France, Indonesia and the USA. The Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort is expected to arrive on January 22, 2010. Various medical teams will also be arriving from Chile, Argentina and Portugal.


Pledges continue to be received:

  1. i. The One Caribbean Media (OCM) network in support of the ‘Help Haiti Now fund’ raised more than US 500,000 in pledges. The seven OCM network stations were heard in Grenada, St. Lucia, Barbados, Antigua, St.Kitts, and Montserrat, Trinidad and Tobago. This was a five hour long radiothon n to collect financial support for Haiti.
  2. ii. The St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minster, Dr. the Honorable, Denzil L. Douglas has announced that St. Kitts and Nevis will establish a Haiti Solidarity Fund at St. Kitts/Nevis Anguilla National Bank to help earthquake victims.
  3. iii. The Government of Suriname has pledged an initial contribution of $US 1M, and military and police troops to assist in the security and relief efforts. A 40 ft. container has already been loaded by the Government with blankets, water, and stretchers, and is ready to be shipped. Further, the Fire Department of Suriname also has a professional Rescue unit on stand-by and Hi-jet Helicopters has a fully equipped rescue helicopter (DRUV) ready to be deployed. Rudisa International Suriname has 30 containers with water, milk and juices ready to be shipped
  4. iv. The Canadian Government has earmarked up to 50 million dollars
  5. v. The British have donated more than 2 million dollars.

CONTACT DETAILS: The CDEMA CU 24-hour contact number is 1(246) 425 0386 1(246) 425 0386

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