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Cablegate: Tfha01: Haiti Earthquake Task Force Situation Report

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SUBJECT: TFHA01: HAITI EARTHQUAKE TASK FORCE SITUATION REPORT
NO. 76

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EVACUATIONS/AMERICAN CITIZEN AND LE STAFF WHEREABOUTS
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1. (SBU) The Children of the Promise charter flight
scheduled to bring six orphans and two escorts to Miami did
not depart Port-au-Prince February 21 as scheduled, due to
airport security concerns regarding the group's departure
paperwork. The children and their American citizen escorts
stayed overnight at a government day care center. Embassy
Port-au-Prince is working with the Haitian Office of Child
Protective Services and the Prime Minister's office to assist
in resolving outstanding paperwork issues. The Office of
Senator Klobuchar (D-MN) has expressed an interest in this
case. (TF1/OCS e-mail, Ops/Embassy Port-au-Prince e-mail)

2. (SBU) Two aid workers injured in a February 19 bus
accident scheduled to be medically evacuated to the USNS
Comfort February 20 were sent instead to the University of
Miami Medical Facility in Port-au-Prince because the Comfort's
deck was unavailable and the USS Bataan did not have the
capacity to treat head trauma. (TF1/SOUTHCOM e-mail)


3. (U) Media report there were no orphans among the 33
children an American missionary group attempted to remove from
Haiti. Residents of Citron neighborhood, where 13 of the
children lived, said each of the children was given away by a
parent or close relative. Parents in the mountain town of
Callabas, outside Port-au-Prince, gave similar accounts. (AP)


HEALTH CONDITIONS
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4. (SBU) Waste accumulation is creating conditions for
major disease outbreaks, including cholera. Public health
specialists worry diseases stemming from the buildup of human
waste in the camps may be the most pressing health threat in
the city. (DHS NOC Update Report #78)


HUMANITARIAN/SECURITY/INFRASTRUCTURE
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5. (SBU) USAID inspected seven child-friendly spaces
constructed by Save the Children in Jacmel, Haiti. An
additional 30 are planned for the town and surrounding area.
Each space currently holds between 90 and 140 children. (DHS
NOC Update Report #77)

6. (SBU) A 74-foot schooner departed the Florida Keys
loaded with 10 tons of donated food, water, medicine, tools,
and other supplies from local residents and businesses. It is
expected to arrive in a remote Haitian region inaccessible to
larger relief ships on/about February 27. (DHS NOC Update
Report #78)

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

8. (U) Minimize considered.
CLINTON

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