Response By WFP Logistics To The Earthquake In Haiti

Staff situation

  • WFP international staff is safe and accounted for, while national staff is still being contacted to confirm their well-being. The WFP office in Port-au-Prince is in good condition, as are WFP sub-offices in Cap Haitian and Gonaives, both of which are operational.

Infrastructure and Logistics Information

  • Most UN buildings have collapsed. The MINUSTAH compound has been severely damaged and the UNICEF building is partially destroyed. In addition, government buildings, including the Presidential Palace, the Parliament and several Ministries, have been seriously damaged. Most hotels have been destroyed.
  • Security is of major concern and is expected to remain so in the aftermath of this disaster.
  • The airport in Port-au-Prince is apparently open, but all flights have been cancelled. Roads from the airport to the city have been damaged.
  • The airport in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic is operational and flights are available.
  • Roads from Santo Domingo to the Haiti border are operational, as are international airports and local ports.
  • The WFP Office in the Dominican Republic has rented several SUVs to prepare for a large response out of Santo Domingo.
  • 86 MT of high energy biscuits prepositioned in the WFP sub-regional depot in El Salvador. A chartered aircraft will as soon as possible transport these to Santo Domingo.
  • The Logistics and ICT Clusters are already active in the country, but they will need to be reinforced.