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World Vision Situation Update: More Aid Reaching Many Survivors, but Conditions Remain Dire
Date:1/19/2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ --

Disaster Statistics

  • 70,000 bodies officially recovered, total death toll likely well over 100,000
  • 3 million people displaced or otherwise impacted by earthquake (Population of Port-au-Prince prior to the quake: 4 to 4.5 million)

Conditions in Port-au-Prince

  • Those who lost homes in the quake are now scattered across 243 different locations in Port-au-Prince.
  • In addition, many earthquake survivors have migrated to rural regions, including the island of La Gonave.
  • The availability of food in markets is limited and extremely expensive.
  • Aid distributions are taking place, but access to shelter, sanitation, water, food and medical care remains extremely limited and extremely expensive.
  • Medical facilities in Port-au-Prince still lack staff and medicine.
  • Fuel is a main concern for humanitarian operations – fuel restrictions are in place with just 2-3 days of fuel reserves after 10,000 gallons trucked in from Santo Domingo on Sunday.
  • Security and public sanitation have emerged as two critical challenges. Reports of break-ins and lootings in large areas of the city are increasing.
  • Tens of thousands of IDPs lack access to basic services including toilets, the odor now inundates the city.

WV response to date:

  • World Vision is running a clinic/triage center in Jimani, Dominican Republic, where many quake survivors have fled.  Mo
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