CF IN HAITI: First Sailors In, Docs Complain about Unloading Priorities
Some of the latest:
A bit of a map to help orient you is available here.
- The Canadian Press reports that the HMCS Athabaskan’s first Zodiac inflatables with aid and staff arrived in Leogane today. More on that from CTV.ca here.
- The Canadian Press also reports it could take a couple of weeks for Canada’s full commitment of about 1,000 troops to get to Haiti.
- Part of today’s update from Defence Minister Peter MacKay: “In the past 24 hrs the Canadian Forces have airlifted 99,000 pounds (almost 45,000 kg) of aid into Haiti, bringing the total to more than 293 tonnes in Relief Goods alone, in addition to equipment and supplies transported into theatre. I mentioned yesterday that we would have three NOMAD water purification systems in place shortly. The last of these systems arrived yesterday and, once fully operational, each unit will produce 36,000 gallons (~163,660 litres) of clean water per day, which will be distributed to Haitians.”
- Not military news per se, but something I wanted to get the rest of the story out about. Doctors Without Borders is complaining about planes full of medical supplies not being allowed to land in Haiti (more at the Huffington Post on this). They don’t blame anybody in particular in the news release, but what they DON’T say is who sets the priorities for this stuff — this, from the blog of the commander of the U.S. military’s SOUTHCOM (a pretty busy group these days): “The Government of Haiti, in coordination with the U.S. Government and the United Nations’ Mission in Haiti, establishes aircraft landing priorities according to the priority of the aircraft’s cargo, such as medical supplies, food and equipment. “ The UN’s World Food Program’s latest update shows the priorities as follows:
- “Water related materials” (you can live longer without food than you can without water, and bad water makes more people sick)
- “Logistics Enablers” (stuff that helps get blocked roads open and aid into areas once routes are opened)
- Food materials (and)
- Medical supplies
Something else to remember: these priorities change as the operation goes on, according to the World Food Program.
For more news, check out these sites (newest additions in bold):
- New Twitter list of folks Twittering from the scene (mostly reporters, but some civilians and NGOs as well).
- ReliefWeb – Haiti: Earthquakes in 2010 (aggregates news and news releases from governments and NGO’s doing work in Haiti)
- European Commision News Brief aggregator (you can even pick the language of the feed)
- Google News search “Haiti+earthquake”
- Yahoo News search “Haiti+earthquake”
- NewsNow aggregator on Haiti earthquake
- Milnet.ca Discussion Forum (where military members and those interested share news/information about the work being done)