Emergency information : if you need to contact Haiti,
advise is to use mobile phone.
For help, Haiti is a francophone nation, contact
Fondation de France Solidarite Haiti BP 22 75008 Paris
Haiti Major Earthquake, 2 millions without home. The most
violent seism in Haiti since a 100 years.
15 years after similar strength Japan Kobe earthquake
(6.000 deaths), the Earth tectonic plate strikes again and
targets urban terrorized population.
A powerful earthquake of 7.0 magnitude (USGS) on the
Richter Scale affected Haiti on 12 January, at 16.53hrs
local time (GMT 21.53hrs, Tokyo 07.53hrs January 13th).
The earthquake happened 17km south-west of Port-au-Prince,
the capital of Haiti. Tens of thousands of victims feared dead
by the United Nations Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the spot issued an urgent
call to the international community to assist Haiti
following yesterday’s catastrophic earthquake that has
devastated the impoverished Caribbean nation’s capital.
Initial reports suggest a high number of casualties
and widespread damage, with an urgent need for Search
and Rescue. Aftershocks have been felt measuring 5.9
and 5.5 respectively. More aftershocks are expected
in the coming hours and days.
The capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince, has been
severely affected including critical city
infrastructure components such as, electricity, water
and phone services. Electricity is not available and
communications are difficult.
There is still very limited access because of debris
and other obstacles on the roads. The airport of
Port-au-Prince is reported to be closed. According to
preliminary reports, several UN and well as other
national buildings have collapsed or have been
damaged. Populations may also be affected in
Carrefour and Jacmel.
Haiti , officially known as the Republic of Haiti or
in French, République d'Haïti, is a nation in the
Caribbean dominated by Creole and French speaking
people. The name means “ Mountainous Land” and
derives from the Taino word Ayti. The capital is
Port-au-Prince and it is the chief Francophone nation
in the Caribbean with French being one of its official
languages and Haitian Creole. The most educated and
professional use French to conduct business and
amongst their social circles but the entire population
can speak Haitian Creole. The majority of the
population follows Christianity with Catholicism being
the state religion.
Haiti is unique in many ways – firstly it resides in
the island of Hispaniola along with the Dominican
Republic. It was not only the first independent
nation in the Caribbean; it was also the first
post-colonial independent nation in the world that was
led by blacks and due to a successful slave rebellion,
it is the only nation that gained independence due to
this revolution. The country is rich with culture
with a mixture of French, African, Taino, Spanish,
European and Portuguese elements infused in the
history, painting, sculptures, cuisine and people.
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