Haiti was hit by a powerful quake initially measured at 7.3 magnitude which struck 16 kilometers from the capital Port-Au-Prince, and 27 kilometers from Petionville shortly before 5pm on Tuesday. 12 January 2010. This was followed just minutes later with two aftershocks measuring 5.9 and 5.5 magnitude scale.
Currently it is not possible to estimate the number of persons affected. However, it is clear that an immediate response is needed.
This IR-EMOP will set up the initial response including 86 mt biscuits which will be airlifted from Regional stocks stored in San Salvador, El Salvador.
The EMOP futher provides for staff to be deployed immediately to Haiti and Dominican Republic. Due to the extensive damages in Port-Au-Prince, WFP will set up a base in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to provide initial support.