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08PORTAUPRINCE1251
2008-09-05 20:39:00
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Embassy Port Au Prince
Cable title:  

HAITI: HANNA STORM SITUATION REPORT 5

Tags:   AEMR  ASEC  CASC  KFLO  MARR  PREL  PINR  AMGT  EAGR 
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ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 052039Z SEP 08
FM AMEMBASSY PORT AU PRINCE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8779
INFO RUCNCOM/EC CARICOM COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHZH/HAITI COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
RHMFISS/CDR USSOUTHCOM MIAMI FL PRIORITY
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						UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 PORT AU PRINCE 001251 

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR WHA/EX, WHA/CAR VDEPIRRO, S/ES-O/CMS
STATE PASS AID FOR LAC/CAR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AEMR ASEC CASC KFLO MARR PREL PINR AMGT EAGR
EAID, ETRD, ECON, HA
SUBJECT: HAITI: HANNA STORM SITUATION REPORT 5

REF: A. A) S/ES-O/CMS HURRICANE HANNA PORTAL

B. PAP 01242

Summary
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1. (SBU) U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince created an internal
working group September 3 to monitor the impact of severe
flooding and damage in several Haitian cities, caused by
Tropical Storms Gustav and Hanna, and to discuss the status
of relief efforts. Gonaives in the Artibonite regional
(population 300,000) was especially hard hit by rains and
wind from TS Hanna. Previous reports may be consulted on the
Port-au-Prince section of the Department of State Crisis
Management Hurricane Hanna Portal (reftel A). (Note: The
Government of Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis was
officially confirmed by the Haitian Senate September 6 at
0245 HRS local time. End note.) End summary.

Deaths Climb


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2. (SBU) The official death toll is reported as 136 dead
across the country: 102 in Artibonite -- includes Gonaives;
16 in the southern region; 14 in tQwestern region; 3 in the
northern region; and 1 in Nippes. UN Office for the
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and USAID note
significant potential for a food security crisis as damage to
agricultural production in northern areas cannot be replaced
with products from southern areas, which have also
experienced flooding.

Relief Assistance and Coordination


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3. (SBU) USAID reported that (3) U.S. Coast Guard helicopters
departed Port-au-Prince's airfield heading to Gonaives
September 5 at approximately 10:30 a.m. local time.
Helicopters are carrying emergency supplies that arrived
September 4 (e.g., water jugs, tarps, hygiene kits).



4. (SBU) Helicopters are expected to land on a MINUSTAH base
that is secured by an Argentinian contingent and conduct a
minimum of three rotations September 5. The International
Office for Migration will distribute relief items, in
conjunction with local NGOs that have already been
identified. A total of 110 packets of MRIs from FEMA/Orlando
can also be made available for distribution. A Coast Guard
Cutter will depart for Gonaives o/a 1500 HRS September 5 (ETA
September 6) with food items, as well as non-food emergency
supplies.

Security and Emergency Planning


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5. (SBU) RSO reported that September 4 protests in the
neighborhood of Cite Soleil (Port-au-Prince) have since
diminished. Although reports conflict, some findings
indicate residents feel neglected due to a greater focus on
developments in Gonaives and other areas hard hit by recent
floods. While there have been no reports of violence, there
appears to be increasing restlessness with the pace of relief
delivery and the slow response by the Government of Haiti.
RSO clarified that prisoners in Gonaives were not/not
released into the general public. Per NAS, prisoners are
being housed at a local jail.



6. (U) The international airport in the capital of
Port-au-Prince remains open and flights are operating
normally. Emergency Action Committee determined at its
September 4 meeting (reftel B) that Embassy is taking
appropriate security measures in light of approaching
Hurricane Ike, and no additional security measures are
warranted at this time. Hurricane preparedness information
will be re-distributed to all employees, as well as reminders
urging staff to carry cell phones and radios at all times.

American Citizen Services


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7. CONS reported that the individuals stranded at the Hotel
Frantz in Gonaives are not Amcits, but have nonetheless been
assisted. The seven stranded Amcit missionaries who sought
refuge at a UN base in Gonaives were able to board a

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Uruguayan vessel and have arrived at the Port-au-Prince
airport, seeking a flight. CONS will work closely with MLO
to possibly assist with the movement of stranded Amcits from
Gonaives to Port-au-Prince, as appropriate. There have been
no reports of Amcit injuries or deaths at this time.
SANDERSON