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Brussels, 17 February 2010

EU Fact Sheets on Haiti

1. Latest Available Figures


Bodies recovered and buried (minimum estimate)

212 000 1

Extracted alive from the rubble by int. rescue teams

211 2

People with immediate need for shelter

± 1,000,000

Total number of people affected in some way 3

± 3,500,000


Europeans present on 14.01 (maximum estimate) 5


Europeans accounted for


Europeans unaccounted for (maximum estimate)


Europeans injured


Europeans presumed dead


Europeans killed




2. Main Immediate Priorities for Emergency Aid

  • Shelter and sanitation remain the highest priorities at the moment.

  • Rubble removal is increasingly urgent to make space for settlements.

  • Sanitation in camps is a major concern, the WASH cluster estimating that 1.1 million displaced people require emergency latrines.

  • The Haitian Government is requesting that medical teams stay for a longer period of time in order to ensure continuity of care and restore health services. Post-operative medical supplies and antibiotics still remain a key need. Targeted vaccination programmes have begun on 2 February for populations in temporary settlements.

3. Main Challenges for International assistance

  • Lack of government capacity to co-ordinate

  • Agricultural recovery needs to be addressed prior to the main planting season, in March.

  • Before the earthquake, there were approximately 380,000 orphans in Haiti. The number of unaccompanied or orphaned children (including children with only one parent) is now estimated to be one million.

4. UN Flash Appeal 6 Total appeal: $575 million 107 % covered

5. EU response

5.1 Emergency Phase

5.1.1 Humanitarian Effort

EU’s humanitarian assistance, including planned pledges, amount to a total of almost €309 million in response to the earthquake in Haiti (18 Member States + Commission). The Commission's own emergency relief package is worth €120 million (including €3 million in fast track funds allocated less than 24 hours after the earthquake struck, + €8 million of ongoing projects in Haiti being redirected, + Emergency Decision of €19 million and a Decision of €90 million is in the pipeline, pending adoption). ECHO also reacted promptly by dispatching expert staff: 8 technical assistants that were in place just 14 hours after the earthquake.

5.1.2 Civil Protection coordinated by MIC 7

The EU has deployed more than 800 experts 8 and substantial assets from 25 4 EU /EEA countries that are providing assistance to Haiti through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (AT, BE, BG, CZ, DK, EE, FI, FR, DE, HE, HU, IS, IE, IT, LU, MT, NL, NO, PL, PT, SK, SI, ES, SE, and UK). On 9 February, the Prime Minister of Haiti appealed to the EU for urgent military assistance with shelter. This request has been confirmed by the UN. The military authorities are encouraged to ensure that there is full coordination with the national civil protection points of contact established within the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. No offer of assistance with military shelter has been received so far.

In order to ensure the smooth coordination of this military support and coordination with the UN shelter cluster, the Mechanism intends to maintain its presence in Haiti and has made provisions to deploy a third expert team if required.

Summary Overview:

  • 12 Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team (around 440 people and search dogs): BE, FR (2), LU, IS, PL, UK, NL, ES (4)

  • 2 Field Hospitals (90 people): BE, FR,

  • 5 Advanced Medical Posts: EU, FR (3), PT

  • 38 Medical Teams (253 people): FR (30), PT (2), DE, ES (2), HU, GR, UK

  • 6 Water sanitation units: EU, BE, DE, FR, ES (2) and water purification tablets: IT, DE, PT, SE

  • 7 Assessment teams (35 people): CZ (2 people), DE (4), IRE (4), IT (12), ES (7), SE (2), UK (4)

  • 2224 tents for app. 17500 persons: AT (400 x 6), SE (200 x 5), IT (155 x 8 and 1000 x 10), SI (25 x 10), SK (15 x 10), ES (197x6), PT (65 for 615 people), BG (67 x 2), PL (200 x 6)

  • 1 Technical Assistance Support Team (TAST)/Base-camp with a capacity 300 people provided in several shipments: this is a joint-module of SE, DK, NO, EE and FI.

  • The EUCP Team Bravo has been downsized to one expert, who has done several assessments with OCHA in Leogane area. Due to the revision of request for assistance and potential incoming of disaster relief items his mission will be extended until next week. On 12.02.2010 the expert met UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes.

  • EU co-financing for transport of assistance requested or approved so far reaches a total amount of €4.5 million. Eighteen (18) requests for transport support have been awarded by the Commission.

5.1.3 Military and Security Related Assets

EU Member States have offered a range of additional assets to support the government of Haiti and UN MINUSTAH. Exchange of information and coordination is facilitated through the Haiti Coordination Cell (EUCO) in the EU SITCEN. Regarding the UN request for support with shelter, offers of military assets from EU Member States have not been received so far.

Summary Overview:

         2 Formed Police Units totaling 260 Gendarmerie Officers (FR, IT, ES). NL has offered 60 additional policemen under logistical conditions.

         "Cavour" Aircraft Carrier with enhanced hospital on board (ROLE 2), engineering task force (190),6 italian helicopters, and force protection elements (IT)+ 1 military police team+ 1 scuba diver team docked at "Port au Prince".

         "Castilla" LPD (Landing Platform Dock) Ship with enhanced hospital on board ROLE 2, 2 drinking water production and delivery capability and engineering assets, transport and supply assets, force protection elements, 450 officers and 4 helicopters. Acting in the area of Petit Goave (ES).

         FR “Siroco" logistic ship with amphibious landing capability and 4 helicopters on board. (Out of the area will be back around 15 Feb. Likely to leave country definitively 19-20 Feb)

         30 Military personnel in Port au Prince (FR)

         135 personnel and 4 aircrafts on call deployed in location “Antilles "(FR)

         "RFA Largs Bay" - Auxiliary Vessel with Amphibious landing capability(UK) in transit transporting water purification tablets , fresh water containers, metal and plastic sheeting, 40 4X4 vehicles and heavy lifting equipment. Expected to arrive 18 Feb, it will stay in the area until 15 Mars.

         4 military personnel as Operational Liaison and Reconnaissance Team (UK)

         8 Royal Military Police (UK)

         7 liaison officers with USA and Canada. (UK)

         Two military building installations with first aid medical facilities, (FR)

         Field hospital and water purification facility (FR)

         Infantry Platoon (30 officers) offered by Greece to MINUSTAH

         Military Engineer Officer (IRE)+ national Planning Team

         1 medical team (5 people) (BG)

5.2 Support for Early Recovery and Reinforcing State Capacity

The European Commission will make €100 million available for early non-humanitarian assistance, focusing notably on restoration of government's capacity to operate effectively. An EU joint team of experts (COM and FR, ES, B) has assessed the needs in this respect on the mission to Haiti from 1 to 9 February. Together with the Haitian authorities the team has made proposals for priority areas of support which cover reconstruction of government buildings, support for education and governance, budget support and strengthening disaster preparedness mechanisms.

The Council Conclusions of last Extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council on Haiti (18 January ) welcomed the launching of a coordinated Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) with the UN and the World Bank which should underpin the organization of the international donor’s conference. The need to “ urgently conduct a post disaster and reconstruction focused needs assessment”was reiterated at the Ministerial Preparatory Conference held in Montreal on 25 January.

A PDNA Planning Mission composed by members of UNDP, WB, the Inter American Development Bank and the European Commission on the field since 5 February has worked with the Haitian authorities (offices of the Prime Minister and of the Ministry for Planning and Cooperation, designated as the lead government institution for the PDNA) preparing Terms of Reference (ToR) for the PDNA. Prime Minister Bellerive endorsed them on 15 February.

The PDNA will be structured according to the plan of Haiti government with seven priority themes (territorial development, infrastructure, social, productive, governance, economic analysis and cross-cutting themes). EU Member States have been invited to propose experts to take part in the PDNA, scheduled to start on 18 February.

The Prime Minister of Haiti has agreed with the international community that the Donors Conference for Haiti will take place in New York on 31 March 2010. A preparatory conference is scheduled on 15 March in Santo Domingo.

5.3 Mid-Term Recovery / Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Phase

The European Commission will make available more than €200 million from the 10 th and 9 th EDF funds for Haiti to support its medium term rehabilitation and long term development. This will be in addition to individual contributions from EU Member States' budgets.

For more information and to download relevant documents please consult the ”Humanitarian Crisis in Haiti” page on Vice President Ashton’s website .The European Commission's Joint Research Centre funded by the Instrument for Stability provides maps and analysis at

1 :

Source UN OCHA Situation Report no. 20 of 11 February 2010,

2 :

Source : MIC and media reports

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Source : UN

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Source: EU SITCEN/Consular Unit, Member States Consular Authorities

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EU citizens on consular lists of EU Member States' Embassies. This number also includes Haitians with dual citizenship.

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European Commission’s Monitoring and Information Center (MIC)

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The number of experts is a minimum estimate due to partial information on the exact size of USAR and medical teams provided by Member States. The number of experts does not take into account for example, various other types of experts deployed in Haiti, e.g. logistics and communication experts, coordination and support teams,, etc.

Due to difficulties finding a transport solution for the Cypriot assistance, the country's offer were not retained.

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