Haiti 2010 Earthquake Response

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Air and sea access improves, hospital ship receives patients

Transportation bottlenecks are starting to clear after Thursday’s opening of three additional airfields, one in Jacmel and two in the Dominican Republic,  and restoration of limited port traffic at the south pier in Port-au-Prince.  The new access points should help lessen the backlog of 1400 flights waiting for landing slots.

Additional steps to speed up the flow of aid from outside the country included recruiting aid officials to help air controllers decide which flights have landing priority and implementing a new web-based system that allows aid groups to monitor flight cargo and scheduled landings.

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US and Canadians grapple with airport issues

In response to complaints that humanitarian flights have been blocked from landing at the airport in Port-au-Prince, the USAID  is identifying medical supply requirements for allocating landing slots, with input from the UN and other non-governmental organizations. In Jacmel, Canadian military personnel worked on Wednesday to get a damaged airstrip operational.

GeoEye satellite photo of Haiti Airport
Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport, Port-au-Prince, Haiti [from GeoEye]
GeoEye-1 satellite from 423 miles in space at 10:37 a.m. EST on Jan. 16, 2010.

Retired Lt. General Russel Honore welcomed the changes, but felt they should have come sooner.

Building another airfield is something that should have been considered the first day. You can take a road and create another airfield. We have a capability to airdrop teams in with equipment to create airfields.

Patients die waiting for medical shipments turned away

It has now been a full week since a 7.0 earthquake turned much of Haiti into rubble.  Airport traffic has increased to 180 flights a day, but a plane loaded with medical equipment nevertheless was prevented from landing three times since Sunday, despite a US commitment  on Monday to giving landing priority to humanitarian flights. Read more…

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