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Cablegate: Tfha01: Haiti Earthquake Task Force Situation Report

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 STATE 006986

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. 33

STATE 00006986 001.2 OF 003


VIP TRAVEL
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1. (SBU) Senator Kerry (D-MA), Representative McGovern (D-
MA), USAID Administrator Shah, and FEMA Administrator Fugate
will visit Haiti January 23. (TF1/CA e-mail, TF1/DHS and
OFDA e-mails)

2. (SBU) Representative Rooney (R-FL) will travel to Port-
au-Prince January 24, and Representative Waters (D-CA) will
travel to Haiti January 25. (TF1/WHA-CAR e-mail)

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

3. (SBU) UN/OCHA reports the Government of Haiti announced
the end of the search and rescue phase of post-earthquake
operations effective 1600 EST January 22. Embassy Port-au-
Prince has not confirmed the GOH actually made this
announcement. (OCHA SitRep #11, TF1/Embassy Port-au-Prince
telcon and e-mails)

4. (SBU) After the reported end of SAR operations, media
report an 84-year-old woman and 21-year-old man were
rescued. (AP)

5. (SBU) U.S. SAR teams remain in country and on stand-by,
including a team at the Hotel Montana. (TF1/CA e-mail)

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

6. (SBU) Additional banks and supermarkets have opened and
retail commodity prices have stabilized. U.S. forces will
facilitate delivery of $2 million to twelve banks around the
capital January 23. (SOUTHCOM DCO, JTF SitRep)

7. (SBU) Fuel supplies in the capital are improving, with 30
percent of gas stations open. Venezuela will send a
shipment of 800,000 gallons of fuel January 31. (SOUTHCOM
DCO)

8. (SBU) SOUTHCOM plans approximately 130 flights into Port-
au-Prince January 23, with the majority of slots allocated
to civilian and NGO aircraft. (SOUTHCOM DCO)

AMERICAN CITIZEN WELFARE/WHEREABOUTS/EVACUATIONS
--------------------------------------------- ------------

9. (SBU) As of 1800 EST January 22, 1306 American citizens
and family members departed Port-au-Prince. A total of
14,185 passengers have been evacuated to date, of which
11,399 are American citizens. Seventy-five American
citizens remain inside the Embassy and none remain outside
as of 0530 EST. The Embassy is now treating some evacuee
cases as humanitarian parolees, rather than visa candidates.
(TF1/Embassy Port-au-Prince e-mail)

MEDICAL RESPONSE
----------------

10. (SBU) HHS medical teams have sufficient medical
supplies. An HHS incident response team is working with the
Ministry of Health to assess medical infrastructure.
(TF1/Interagency Conference Call)

11. (SBU) As of 0400 EST January 23, USNS Comfort treated
1427 patients and performed approximately 93 surgeries. In
addition, 11,000 pounds of medical supplies have been off-
loaded from the USNS Comfort. (TF1/Interagency Conference
Call, SOUTHCOM DCO)


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

12. (U) No updates as this time.


DEPLOYMENT OF U.S. GOVERNMENT ASSETS
------------------------------------

13. (SBU) LTG Keen and USAID officials will meet with
MINUSTAH January 23 to "refine support requirements" for
humanitarian operations. (SOUTHCOM DCO)

14. (SBU) There are currently 13,368 U.S. military personnel
in Haiti or on ships nearby, in addition to personnel from
OFDA, DHS, HHS, and other agencies. (JTF-Haiti SitRep,
TF1/OFDA telcon)


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

15. (SBU) Haitian officials estimate 111,000 dead from the
quake, with another 609,000 displaced and still without
shelter, according to OCHA. (SOUTHCOM DCO)

16. (SBU) The security situation remains generally calm and
most major roads remain open. Looting and criminal activity
continue in downtown Port-au-Prince, with small groups of
young men seeking targets of opportunity. Escaped convicts
are returning to their former areas and attempting to
reorganize their gangs. (TF1/Interagency Conference Call,
JTF-Haiti SitRep)

17. (SBU) The Haitian government is providing free bus
service to help people move from Port-au-Prince to areas
outside the capital. As many as 130,000 people have left
the city, according to UN and GOH estimates. Many Haitians
are migrating toward larger relief distribution points that
have a security presence; 500,000 people are reportedly
gathered near the airport, one of two major U.S. military
distribution sites. (SOUTHCOM DCO, TF1/Interagency
Conference Call, JTF-Haiti SitRep)

18. (SBU) Approximately 70 percent of the Haitian National
Police have returned to duty, according to U.S. military
estimates. (SOUTHCOM DCO)

19. (SBU) The port is operating at 30 percent capacity due
to damage to the pier, but SOUTHCOM estimates the port's
capacity will increase in the next 96 hours. (SOUTHCOM DCO)

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

20. (SBU) While frustrated with the efficiency of relief
distribution, the majority of recipients were appreciative.
There are multiple anecdotal reports of Haitians welcoming the
US military. (TF1/JTF-Haiti SitRep)

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

22. (U) Minimize considered.
CLINTON

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