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Cablegate: Tfha01: Haiti Earthquake Task Force Situation Report

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 STATE 006934

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AEMR ASEC CASC KFLO MARR PREL PINR AMGT HA
SUBJECT: TFHA01: HAITI EARTHQUAKE TASK FORCE SITUATION REPORT
NO. 32

STATE 00006934 001.2 OF 003

VIP TRAVEL
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1. (SBU) Brazilian FM Amorim will visit Port-au-Prince January
23. General Jorge Armando Felix, head of Brazil's Institutional
Security Cabinet, is scheduled to visit Haiti January 24.
(TF1/SOUTHCOM e-mail)

2. (SBU) Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) is scheduled to arrive
January 23 with the non-profit Help Bring Hope for Haiti, Inc.
(TF1/DHS e-mail)

3. (SBU) Representative Maxine Waters hopes to travel to Haiti
via the Dominican Republic January 23. (TF1/Dominican Republic
desk e-mail)

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

4. (U) A 69-year old Haitian woman was rescued January 22, but a
doctor treating her says she may not survive. (AP)

5. (SBU) A 4.4 magnitude aftershock hit Port-au-Prince at 0745
EST January 22. Embassy Port-au-Prince reports no damage to the
chancery.

6. (SBU) Eleven foreign and six U.S. SAR teams continue to
operate in Haiti. The total number of rescues attributed to
U.S. SAR teams has increased from 43 to 47 due to new reports
received from previously conducted rescues. (TF1/OFDA e-mail)

COMMODITY FLOW
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7. (SBU) DOE reports there is a two and a half week diesel fuel
supply in-country with fuel ships prepared to refill storage
tanks. A leak of two diesel fuel storage tanks is contained and
supply is not in jeopardy. (TF1/Interagency Conference Call)

8. (SBU) DoD reports JTF Haiti has delivered 1.5 million bottles
of water, 888,700 meals, and 26,433 pounds of medical supplies
to date. (DHS Senior Leadership Brief)

EVACUATIONS/AMERICAN CITIZEN AND LE STAFF WHEREABOUTS
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9. (SBU) As of 1400 EST, 948 American evacuees departed Port-au-
Prince January 22; a total of 9,677 have been evacuated to date.
There are 400 Americans and Haitian family members inside the
embassy and none outside. A total of 15,000 Americans have been
accounted for. (TF1/Embassy Port-au-Prince e-mail)

10. (SBU) Twenty-nine adults and 19 children under Chief of
Mission authority are currently on evacuation status. (TF1/FLO
e-mail)

11. (SBU) There are 45 confirmed American fatalities and another
24 reported. HHS, DOS and DoD are finalizing agreements on
repatriating American citizen remains to Dover AFB. Some
families are transporting remains to the Dominican Republic for
onward travel. (TF1/Embassy Port-au-Prince e-mail,
TF1/Interagency Conference Call, TF1/CA e-mail)

12. (SBU) As of 1400 EST, Embassy Port-au-Prince issued 57
immigrant visas January 22 for orphans being adopted in the
United States. (TF1/Embassy Port-au-Prince e-mail)

13. (SBU) PM Bellerive conveyed to Embassy Port-au-Prince that
the GOH supports, in principle, the concept of not delaying
adoption cases already in progress prior to the earthquake. The
PM noted, however, that the GOH must still approve lists of such
adoptees. (TF1/Embassy Port-au-Prince e-mail)

MEDICAL RESPONSE
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14. (SBU) As of the morning of January 22, 457 patients were
being treated on the USNS Comfort. In addition, 45 were being
treated on the USS Bataan, and 52 on the USS Vincent. (USAID
SitRep #19, HHS SitRep #12)

15. (SBU) OFDA reports area hospitals are using disposable
medical supplies at a rate several times faster than normal,
making planning and supply distribution difficult.
(TF1/Interagency Conference Call)

16. (SBU) Contrary to radio reports, there is no evidence that a
hospital in Jacmel collapsed following the January 21
aftershocks. (SOUTHCOM/Canada JTF SitRep)

17. (SBU) USAID reports 11 containers of medical and surgical
equipment arrived January 22 on the USNS Lummus. The equipment
will be distributed to area hospitals January 23.
(TF1/Interagency Conference Call)

INTERNATIONAL COORDINATION/REQUESTS
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18. (SBU) A MINUSTAH representative is now working with SOUTHCOM
in Port-au-Prince on flight prioritization. (TF1/SOUTHCOM e-
mail)

19. (SBU) Operational arrangements have been finalized for U.S.
overflights of Cuba to support the use of Guantanamo for Haiti
medevac and humanitarian relief operations. An agreement will
go into effect at 1000 EST January 24. (TF1/WHA e-mail)

20. (U) The body of former MINUSTAH head Hedi Annabi was
repatriated to Tunisia January 21 aboard an Air France flight.
(france24.com)

21. (SBU) The body of Maria Teresa Dowling, wife of the Deputy
MINUSTAH commander Chilean Gen. Ricardo Toro, was recovered the
morning of January 22. She was visiting her husband at the time
of the earthquake last week. (WHA/Chile desk e-mail)

DEPLOYMENT OF U.S. GOVERNMENT ASSETS
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22. (SBU) New HHS personnel will be rotated-in January 24,
decreasing the number of active DMAT teams from five to four.
(HHS Sit Rep #12)

23. (SBU) A joint CBP/ICE team of 22 CBP officers and 16 ICE
agents will arrive in Port-au-Prince at approximately 1730 EST.
The team will conduct pre-screening of passengers/evacuees for
eligibility and admissibility to the United States. (TF1/CBP e-
mail)

HUMANITARIAN/SECURITY/INFRASTRUCTURE
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24. (SBU) Embassy Port-au-Prince reports the security situation
on the ground remains relatively calm. A crowd remains outside
the embassy, but numbers have diminished following DoD crowd
management efforts. (TF1/Interagency Conference Call)

25. (U) As of 1600 local time, 124 missions landed at the Port-
au-Prince airport on January 22. The airport is secure and
operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (SOUTHCOM SitRep)

26. (SBU) The Dominican Armed Forces are sharing their base of
operations with UNDP and IOM. Haitian National Police are
working with local Dominican police to help direct traffic along
the border. (Santo Domingo SitRep #9)

27. (SBU) The Dominican Republic's electricity corporation has
assembled a team of technical experts to help repair Haiti's
electrical grid. They are staged along the border, but are
still in need of a security escort. In lieu of a DoD security
escort, WHA will suggest the company acquire security services
in the Dominican Republic and will follow-up with the Dominican
government. (TF1/WHA telcon)

28. (U) MINUSTAH reports that since the earthquake, three
million meals have been distributed, reaching over 200,000
people. (SOUTHCOM SitRep)

POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS
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29. (SBU) Consistent with local press reports, the GOH informed
Embassy Port-au-Prince of its efforts to move people from the
heavily-damaged southern parts of Haiti to the less-damaged
northern part of the country. (TF1/Interagency Conference Call)


30. Additional updates are available through our classified
Intellipedia portal at
http://www.intelink.sgov.gov/wiki/Portal:Cris is_HAITI.

31. (U) Minimize considered.
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