January 22, 2010
HAITI EARTHQUAKE SAR OPERATION
GEA SAR Group, reaching 5 persons alive under the debris in Haiti Earthquake, returned to the country on January 22. Having rescued a 7 year old girl named Arielle Cassandra Ely and a 33 year old male victim, Lamy Jasme, at the 105th hour, the Team also succeeded to rescue a female, Mireille Boulos Dittmer aged 41, at 108th, a male aged 40, Indra La Fontain at 125th and a female victim aged 30, Jean Philippe at 126th hours as a result of the ongoing operations. The Team performed the operation in collaboration with US SAR Team “South Florida Task Force-2”. During the subsequent stages, GEA SAR Team gave support to the humanitarian aid activities, tried to be taken under control within the disaster area.
GEA HAITI OPERATION JOURNAL
Started the necessary preparations right after being informed about the earthquake with a magnitude of7 inHaiti on January 12, 2010 at 17:05 PM (on January 13, 2010 at 00:05 AM in Turkey’s time zone), GEA SAR Team received an invitation letter following the international summon for aid and the Team, comprising of 9 persons, rapidly completed its preparation for SAR operation with required materials.
GEA Team departed with the scheduled AirFranceflight forHaition January 14, 2010, at 09:00AM (in Turkish time zone), to arrive in Port Au Prince where the earthquake had occurred. The Team arrived at Punta Cana and Santa Domingo airports of the Dominican Republic on two consecutive flights at 19:00PM (in Dominican time zone), due to the reason that Port Au Prince Airport was closed.
The Team then departed from Santa Domingo and arrived in Port Au Prince,Haition January 15, 2010 via land transportation, and started its search operations in the vicinity of the collapsedCaribbeanShopping Centerin line with the guidance of local authorities. After obtaining the information that SAR teams previously searched the debris managed to access 4 people trapped under, the Team contacted with local authorities to get informed on the latest condition, and after being informed on the existence of persons alive under the debris, GEA SAR Team started a search & rescue operations again in Caribbean Shopping Mall debris.
The Team evaluated the latest condition and structural analysis of the debris from the available and re-performed sketches, determined possible entrances into the debris, and continued its operations intensively upon the responds they received to the audio warnings made.
South Florida Task Force-2 arrived at the collapse area with a team of 40 people and SAR equipment to support GEA Team, which continued to its efforts for opening tunnels within the debris until the early hours of January 16, 2010. The Team rescued a 7 years old girl named Arielle Cassandra Ely and a 33 year old male victim, Lamy Jasme, at the 105th hour of the earthquake on January 17, 2010. Also succeeded to rescue a female, Mireille Boulos Dittmer aged 41, at 108th, a male aged 40, Indra La Fontain at 125th and a female victim aged 30, Jean Philippe at 126th hours as a result of the ongoing operations. After the cleaning made around the collapsed building, listening sessions were performed at various points of the debris and SAR operations in this section was ceased. Our Team gave support to the humanitarian aid activities during the subsequent phases and delivered the medical aid materials it had collected to “Clinique Maternite de Petion Ville”, to be given to earthquake victims.
GEA Team visited Haiti Embassy and official institutions inDominican Republicon January 20,2010 to obtain information on the humanitarian aid activities to be performed during the next stages, made its plans and departed from the area on January 21 on a scheduled flight to return to the country.
GEA HAITI OPERATION TEAM
Name Task in Team Occupation
Umut Dinçşahin GEA Coordinator Sociologist
Kadir Erkan Team Coordinator Quality Manager
Cem Behar Team Leader Emergency Manager
İbrahim Doğru Logistics Technician
Betül Ergün Social Aid & Rehabilitation Public Relations Specialist
Zeynep Gül Ünal Building Specialist Architect
Mihrican Bal Health Officer Nurse
Caner Kalaycı Technician, K9 Trainer Store Manager
Nazım Özdemir Search & Rescue Technician Mechanical Engineer
UN JANUARY 15 REPORT
As a consequence of a helicopter survey made by MINUSTAH (United Nations Haiti Stabilization Program), some regions were observed to be collapsed by 50% or entirely, and some buildings were seen to be entirely collapsed. Damage investigation for the whole region would take days.
Jacmel and Carrefour, two urban settlement areas ofPort-au-Princewere also affected by the earthquake. Average population ofPort-au-Princeis 2.8 million, and 3.5 million people living in the region were affected by the severe tremors. Number of casualties reaching healthcare units has been increasing. Many victims are still out in the open spaces or trapped under debris. Number of dead people is unknown. A three level hospital is collapsed, and the remaining hospitals refuse the incoming casualties due to insufficient capacity.
There are no water resources. Communication lines are broken and there is no electric power. Officials have been warned against the danger of pillage and other potential crimes. Besides the foregoing, the media announced that criminals had escaped from a collapsed prison. Security conditions have been calm so far.
Currently, the priority of humanitarian intervention is search and rescue support. There is need for heavy SAR teams and healthcare support and aid teams. Food, clean water and cleaning, as well as emergency shelters are also among the urgent needs. These needs are expected to increase as the condition assessments proceed. People gathering in open areas are leaving the city to go to other regions ofHaiti.
The airport is being used only for humanitarian aids and military flights. The most significant problems are insufficient fuel and inadequate support for unloading aid materials. Aircrafts should be able to return with their own fuel supplies. MINUSTAH has started to deploy trucks and hoists within the airport. The harbor is out of use due to complete destruction of its three cranes. Traffic jam and debris on highways pose an obstacle for general movement and rescue operations.
SUPPORTING INSTITUTIONS FOR GEA HAITI EARTHQUAKE OPERATION
TURKISH DISASTER AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
SWISS OTEL ISTANBUL
SWISS OTEL ANKARA
İETT (ISTANBUL MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION)
İSTANBUL ATATÜRK AIRPORT
MEDYA TAKİP MERKEZİ
BTA CATERING SERVICES
SPECIAL THANKS TO…
ENTIRE TURKISH & WORLD MEDIA