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Cablegate: Tfha01: Haiti Earthquake Task Force Situation Report

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 STATE 004855

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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. 21

STATE 00004855 001.2 OF 003


VIP TRAVEL
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1. (U) No updates at this time.

SEARCH AND RESCUE (SAR)
----------------------

2. (SBU) As of 2000, international urban search and rescue
(USAR) teams had rescued a total of 62 individuals, including 30
live rescues by U.S. SARs. Operations are continuing and
expanding to other areas identified by the Haitian government,
although it is unknown if there are any sites yet outside of
Port-au-Prince. (TF1/Interagency conference call)

COMMODITY FLOW
--------------

3. (SBU) Embassy Santo Domingo reports that roads into Haiti are
open, with no negative impact on commodities flow.
(TF1/Interagency conference call)

4. (SBU) 2100 metric tons of P.L. Title II emergency food
assistance, provided by USAID's Office of Food for Peace
(USAID/FFP), has arrived in Port-au-Prince. (TF1/USAID e-mail)

EVACUATIONS/AMERICAN CITIZEN AND LES WHEREABOUTS
--------------------------------------------- ---

5. (SBU) As of 2000, Embassy Port-au-Prince has accounted for
3567 Americans. (TF1/Embassy Port-au-Prince e-mail)

6. (SBU) As of 2000, 904 Americans had departed Port-au-Prince
on January 17; a total of 2723 Americans have been evacuated to
date. 500 Americans were at the airport, 150 of whom were
prepared to board an outbound flight. Another 122 Americans
were inside the Embassy; 157 Americans were waiting outside;
most minors with non-American adults. (TF1/Embassy Port-au-
Prince e-mail and Interagency conference call)

7. (SBU) As of 2000, there were 17 confirmed American citizen
fatalities. (TF1/Embassy Port-au-Prince e-mail)

8. (SBU) Two DOS/CA employees traveled to Port-au-Prince to
receive the body of Cultural Affairs Officer (CAO) Victoria
DeLong; they will accompany her remains back to Miami. (TF1/CA
e-mail)

9. (SBU) There is no backlog of American evacuees to the U.S at
the Santo Domingo Airport; five evacuees remain in local
hospitals. (TF1/Interagency conference call)

MEDICAL RESPONSE
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10. (SBU) USAID/OFDA, in coordination with DOD, facilitated the
delivery of 9600 10-liter water containers to serve 19,200
people; 3840 hygiene kits to benefit 19,200 people over two
weeks. Two hundred rolls of plastic sheeting to shelter 10,000
people arrived January 17. (TF1/Interagency conference call)

INTERNATIONAL COORDINATION/REQUESTS
-----------------------------------

11. (SBU) A Japanese C-130 departed Haiti at 1440 with 34
evacuees for Homestead AFB. (TF1/Embassy Port-au-Prince e-mail)

DEPLOYMENT OF U.S. GOVERNMENT ASSETS
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12. (SBU) USCGC Oak was expected to arrive late January 17;
USCGC Crimson Clover is safely moored on the South Pier in Port-
au-Prince and has begun operations, but the pier cannot
accommodate vehicles, so cargo will have to be manually
unloaded. (TF1/USCG Response to Haiti Earthquake e-mail and
Interagency conference call)

13. (SBU) There are approximately 600 USCG personnel in Haiti-
500 on cutters; 23 on the ground; 70 part of aircrews.
(TF1/USCG Response to Haiti Earthquake e-mail)

14. (SBU) The FAA arrived in Haiti and has started its
assessment of the Port-au-Prince Airport. (TF1/USDOT Haiti
Earthquake Summary for January 17)

15. (SBU) Military aircraft will now land at night; civilian
aircraft during the day. (TF1/USDOT Haiti Earthquake Summary
for January 17)

HUMANITARIAN/SECURITY/INFRASTRUCTURE
------------------------------------

16. (SBU) Embassy Port-au-Prince reports security is "pretty
good," with "sporadic outbreaks" of violence, despite news
stories of a growing number of looters roaming the streets of
Port-au-Prince and of gunfire and police using tear gas to
disperse crowds. Post has requested assistance to bolster
Haitian Police capacity; State/INL has identified 15 police
experts for possible travel to Haiti. (TF1/Interagency
conference call)

17. (SBU) Communications are improving. However, the generator
at the main communications tower in Boutilliers is in danger of
running out of fuel within 24 hours, which would affect cell
phones and internet. (TF1/Interagency conference call)

18. (SBU) Plans to provide security at food distribution sites
have not been finalized. (TF1/Interagency Conference Call)

19. (SBU) State/PRM staff is en route to the Dominican Republic
and will travel to the DR-Haiti border to assess outflows.
(TF1/Interagency conference call)

20. (SBU) Security at Haitian ports, handled by the civilian
Port Authorities, is "very good" and will not be an issue.
However, the main port is damaged, with considerable repairs
needed. (TF1/U.S. Navy POC in Port-au-Prince e-mail)

POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS
----------------------

21. (U) The Haitian Parliament is prepared to meet January 18 at
1000 at the Haitian Police Academy to send a message of
government presence. The 82nd Airborne will secure the
perimeter. (Embassy Port-au-Prince/USAID Parliament Support
Program email)

22. (U) Additional updates are available through our
Intellipedia portal on the unclassified system at:
http://www.intelink.gov/wiki/Portal:Crisis_Ha iti_Earthquake.

23. (U) Minimize considered.
CLINTON

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