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Cablegate: Tfha01: Haiti Earthquake Task Force Situation

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 STATE 003121

SENSITIVE
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AEMR ASEC CASC KFLO MARR PREL PINR AMGT HA
SUBJECT: TFHA01: HAITI EARTHQUAKE TASK FORCE SITUATION
REPORT NO. 1

STATE 00003121 001.2 OF 002

HAITIAN AMB. REQUESTS AID; U.S. PRESIDENT PLEDGES SUPPORT
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1. (SBU) President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and UN
Special Envoy Clinton issued separate statements. Haitian
Ambassador to the U.S. Raymond Joseph called for
assistance in a CNN interview. Chile, the Dominican
Republic, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Jamaica have
offered support, with more expected.
(White House release, CNN, Embassy Port-au-Prince)

EMBASSY STATUS, CASUALTIES, RESPONSE
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2. (SBU) Embassy buildings are stable, with running water
and electricity. Two Embassy officers and a spouse are
injured. An officer is possibly trapped in a collapsed
home. At least four U.S. soldiers and three Coast Guard
personnel are unaccounted for.
(Ops/Embassy Port-Au-Prince telcon)

3. (SBU) The Embassy is unable to confirm reports the
international airport in Port-au-Prince, is operational.
(Ops/Embassy Port-Au-Prince telcon)

4. (SBU) SOUTHCOM reports two U.S. Coast Guard cutters
are 9-18 hours from the capital; two C-130's are on
standby for possible medical evacuations.
(Ops/Embassy Port-Au-Prince telcon, SOUTHCOM/TF01 telcon)

AMERICAN CITIZEN WELFARE/WHEREABOUTS
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5. (U) Consular calls can be directed to 888-407-4747,
email CA-Taskforce@state.gov. CA estimates 50 calls per
hour. The embassy will issue a warden message and CA
plans to issue a travel alert shortly. (TF01/CA-Task
Force)

HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE IN QUEUE
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6. (SBU) USAID/OFDA reports two urban search and rescue
teams (from Fairfax and L.A. counties) have been activated
and are on standby, the DART alert system has been
activated, and OFDA is standing up a Response Management
Team (RMT) in Washington. OFDA's regional team in Costa
Rica is ready to deploy January 13 via chartered aircraft.
(PMAT/USSOUTHCOM email)

MINUSTAH ESTABLISHES A PERIMETER AROUND ITS HEADQUARTERS
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7. (U) MINUSTAH personnel, including Special
Representative Hedi Annabi, are reported by UN officials
to be trapped inside the collapsed building with a Chinese
delegation. (Ops/Embassy Port-Au-Prince telcon)

8. (U) Additional updates are available through our
Intellipedia portal on the classified system at:
http://www.intelink.sgov.gov/wiki/Portal:Cris is_Haiti.
CLINTON

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