Haiti earthquake - Logistics Cluster Update, 13 Jan 2010

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Last update: Jan 13, 2010

Source: Logistics Cluster

More themes: Coordination country: Haiti creation Date: Jan 13, 2010

Latest information -including links to maps- regarding the Haiti earthquake

Situation update

On 12 January at 16:53h local time (21:53h GMT) an earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale (depth 10 km) hit a highly populated area in Ouest Province of Haiti (population 2.2 million), 17km south-west of Port au Prince (18.45N, 72.45W). Carrefour and Jacmel may also be affected.

Initial reports indicate a high number of casualties and heavy damage to Port au Prince. There are also reports of looting in the capital.

Infrastructure: Water supply, electricity and communication lines have been damaged

Buildings in the United Nations compound in the capital have been destroyed, except for the World Food Programme Office which is now hosting colleagues from other UN agencies

Access to affected areas is restricted by road debris

The status of the airport in Port au Prince and access roads are being verified and an updated report will be issued

Immediate needs

Search and rescue; emergency health; water and sanitation; shelter; food; logistics and telecommunications


WFP and United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) are planning to airlift 86 mt of high energy biscuits (HEBs) from the satellite logistics hub in El Salvador and emergency relief items from UNHRD Panama in support of the affected population. 125 mt of HEB are already positioned in Haiti

The Global Logistics Cluster Support Cell is deploying Baptiste Burgaud (baptiste.burgaud@wfp.org; +39 3490507280) to Port au Prince via the Dominican Republic, where he will initially establish a Logistics Cluster cell. Edmondo Perrone (edmondo.perrone@wfp.org; +509 37012341) is the Logistics Cluster coordinator in Haiti and will return to his duty station via Panama on 15 Jan

WFP Logistics is deploying Andrew Stanhope, Logistics Officer (andrew.stanhope@wfp.org; +503 78615152)

A WFP Aviation Officer is on standby in the Dominican Republic

THW is sending an assessment team to Port au Prince

World Vision Haiti will distribute first aid kits to survivors along with basic materials such as soap, blankets, clothes and bottles of water as an initial response

Deployments from the French and US military are on their way to Haiti

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