Haiti

Haiti Earthquake Update 17 January 2010

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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 have also been affected.

On 16 Jan it was reported that the limited fuel supply is becoming serious. The price for fuel in Haiti has increased to the equivalent of 10 USD per gallon.

INFRASTRUCTURE

AIRPORT status:

Port au Prince Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport

- Information on the slot system for Port-au-Prince airport is posted at:
http://www.logcluster.org/ops/hti10a/Logistics Cluster_Haiti Update_100116

SEAPORT status Port au Prince :

- Most recent port information is available on the Logistics Cluster website:
http://www.logcluster.org/ops/hti10a/flash-news-15-january-2010

ROAD status (update from the WFP Regional Bureau in Panama):

- The road between Santo Domingo and Port-au-Prince is becoming more and more congested. UN officials confirmed that convoys from Jimani (at the border) to Port-au-Prince will be escorted by Dominican Civil Defence and MINUSTAH.

- Transit time between Cap Haitien and Port-au-Prince is one day.

- The road between Jacmel and Port-au-Prince is open to "all terrain" vehicles.

- The status of the road linking Barahona to the main road in Port-au-Prince (from Santo Domingo) is still unknown.

IMMEDIATE NEEDS

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

- Access to fuel continues to be an issue.