On Tuesday 12 January 2010, at 16.53 hours local time, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale was recorded in Haiti, 17 km to the south-west of Port-au-Prince. The capital has suffered severe destruction to critical infrastructure, including buildings, roads, electricity, water supply and communications networks.
Reports indicate a large number of casualties and widespread damage throughout the affected area. The Government of Haiti has declared a state of emergency throughout the country and has advised severely affected populations to leave Port-au-Prince.
The US military has been deployed to Haiti to support national authorities and humanitarian community in the relief effort. The US government has taken over management of Port-au-Prince airport, creating a system for coordination of incoming aircraft.
Gaps and Needs
Given the extent of the damage inflicted by the earthquake the need for an international humanitarian response is critical as the Government of Haiti has limited capacity to respond to a disaster of such magnitude. Based on a request from the Humanitarian Country Team, the World Food Programme as Logistics Cluster lead will maintain a Haiti Logistics Cluster cell in Port au Prince and establish a cell in Santo Domingo to coordinate the mobilisation and use of logistics assets and provision of logistics support services to the humanitarian community.
Primary Concept of the Haiti Logistics Cluster
Due to the severity of the damage that has occurred in and around the capital Port-au-Prince, the Logistics Cluster will augment existing logistics capacities by deploying logistics assets and providing logistics services, as described below in order to support the humanitarian community's response to the disaster.