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Cablegate: Santo Domingo - Haiti Earthquake Sit Rep 5

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R 152237Z JAN 10
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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0537
INFO RHEHNSC/WHITE HOUSE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC
RHEHWSR/WHITE HOUSE SITUATION ROOM WASHINGTON DC
RUEHDG/AMEMBASSY SANTO DOMINGO
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TAGS: PREL AMGT ASEC EAID DR HA
SUBJECT: Santo Domingo - Haiti Earthquake Sit Rep 5

REF: A) SDO 11; B) SDO 80; C) SDO 88; D) SDO 17

1. (U) Embassy Santo Domingo Earthquake Sitrep 5, further to
reftels:

2. (SBU) Embassy Santo Domingo is organizing a convoy that
will travel to Embassy Port au Prince, Saturday 16 JAN. The convoy
will include fuel, vehicles and drives, water and other supplies
requested by Embassy Port au Prince.

3. (U) Further to telcons between President Fernandez and
President Obama (on 14 JAN, reftel D) and Secretary Clinton
(morning of 15 JAN), the office of the Presidency announced the
creation of a telephone line and e-mail address with which people
and institutions could channel assistance to Haiti via the special
telephone number (809)-472-0909 x290, and the e-mail
ayudahaiti@coe.gov.do , and called
on those who wanted to assist to be in touch with the Center for
Emergency Operations and the DR armed forces.

4. (U) Also, the GODR held, 15 JAN, an interagency
coordination meeting, with the result that the GoDR will give a
total of 231 million pesos (US $6.4 million) for various forms of
Haiti humanitarian assistance - including approximately US $1.7
million via the Dominican Ministry of Public Health for
vaccinations for travelers to and from Haiti, US $1.4 million in
food aid, $1.5 million via the Dominican military. Finance
Secretary Vincente Bengoa cited safety and health as the key
problems in Haiti at the moment, and called on the "moral
obligation of large countries" like the U.S. and France to assist.

5. (SBU) More evacuees arrived in Santo Domingo on 15 JAN.
Three black-hawk helicopters carried a total of 37 Amcits from
Haiti to San Isidro Military base during the day. Two people were
reportedly injured, but were rushed to the hospital. Post was
unable to verify if the injured were in fact Amcits. A C-130 also
arrived carrying a group of 35 Amcits. Finally, a 757 chartered
plane is reported to arrive to Las Americas later in the evening to
take 58 Amcit missionaries back to the U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo
to fill all available seats with other Amcits who are attempting to
depart the DR.

6. Minimize considered.
Lambert

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