This Operation has been modified and extended in time until 30 June 2012 as per Budget revision 3 (see below).
On Tuesday, 12 January, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, with a depth of 10 km, was recorded only 16 km from the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince.
The city has been severely affected including damage to critical infrastructure components such as, electricity, water and telecommunication services. Initial reports indicate a large number of casualties and widespread damage to buildings and logistics infrastructure.
Provision of humanitarian assistance is hampered by damage to key infrastructure, such as airport and port as well as road blockages. There is an urgent need to augment the logistics capacity in order to meet the humanitarian needs.
Insecurity and looting is a major concern in the aftermath of this disaster. Immediate needs include search and rescue operations; emergency health; water and sanitation; shelter; food; logistics and telecommunications.
Through this special operation WFP will, in its capacity as Logistics and Emergency Telecommunications Cluster lead, support the relief efforts of the Humanitarian Community and of the Haitian authorities. The special operation provides for:
- Operational support, including temporary inter-agency storage and humanitarian base camps, strategic airlifts and chartering of coastal vessels with own derricks.
- Coordination of and information management for the logistics response.
- Provision of the telecommunications capability required for the humanitarian community to respond to the crisis.