Logistics Update: Haiti Earthquake, 23 Aug

Haiti: Earthquake

Haiti | Logcluster

Situation Update

As of 23 August, 2021

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  • At least 2,200 people are reported dead, 12,000 injured, and 344 are still missing. More than 130,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed. (OCHA)
  • Since 14 August, UNHAS transported 105 members of the medical response and more than 6 MT of essential medical items.
  • Fuel shortages in the South might have operational impact on the aid deliveries in the coming days.
  • Grand’Anse’s bridge is still deteriorated and closed to four-wheels vehicles. Jeremie remains inaccessible.
  • Negotiating humanitarian access remain one of the biggest challenges faced by humanitarian partners.
  • The National Logistics Sector in-country seeks live updates and contributions to begin mapping logistics constraints. Please refer to Log:ie – Haiti Earthquake 08/21 and the Log:ie User Guide for Data Collection.
  1. Overview

On Saturday 14 August 2021 at 08:30 EDT, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. The epicentre was recorded around 12 km (7.5 miles) from the town of Saint-Louis-du-Sud, about 125 km west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. The main tremor was followed by several 4.6 to 5.2 magnitude aftershocks. More are likely to be encountered. There is an immediate need for search and rescue teams, medical assistance, and road access facilitation. Severe humanitarian access constraints and fragile security situation greatly complicate the humanitarian response in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Security constraints are currently threatening road access to the affected areas and partners are seeking for other modes of transportation including via sea.

  1. Assessments and Access Constraints

Road Access Constraints

  • Grande Anse’s Bridge is deteriorated and not accessible anymore to four-wheels vehicles. Jeremie remains inaccessible.
  • An alternative option to access Jérémie road via the Vertigo village is under implementation.
  • The road from Port-au-Prince to Les Cayes is still facing security access issues.
  • The last updated (20/08) access constraints map can be found here.
  • The Logistics Sector in-country seeks live updates and contributions to begin mapping logistics constraints. Please refer to Log:ie – Haiti Earthquake 08/21 and the Log:ie User Guide for Data Collection.

Air Transport Infrastructures

  • The US air force is doing landing options assessment to determine the feasibility of landing with aircrafts with a bigger capacity than the helicopter.
  • Port-au-Prince International airport is operational. The runway has been inspected and no issues were reported. (IMPACCT)
  • USAID is working on the set up of a temporary storage capacity at Port-au-Prince International airport.
  • So far, no cold-chain storage services are made available at the airport.
  • Les Cayes and Jérémies airports are still operational but not open for international operations.

Sea Transport Infrastructures

  • Miragoâne’s port is functional and accessible by sea.

Other assessments

  • Fuel shortage is expected to become a significant logistics constraint.
  1. Logistics Services
  • Air Transport:
    • UNHAS is offering air transport services. All requests can be sent to: The flights are available to passengers and to light cargo such as medical items.
    • Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) has extended their EU Humanitarian Air Bridge (EUHAB) flights operation to Haiti. They will facilitate air freight from Europe to Haiti. Request can be sent to
    • Lynden has a L-100 Hercules aircraft based in Miami (USA) available for charter operations to Haiti. Requests can be sent to:
    • Airlink operates several international flights. Requests can be sent to
    • US army helicopters can transport humanitarian cargo to hard-to-reach locations. Requests can be sent to with details on the cargo and the final destination 48 hours in advance.
  • Road Transport:
    • The Logistics Sector is facilitating access to WFP fleet convoys from Port-au-Prince to Les Cayes and other locations in the affected area. The service is be free-to-user, but limited to seven trucks. Requests can be sent to at least 48 hours in advance. Transport services to Jeremie will depend on accessibility. Partners’ vehicles can also join the convoy by reaching out to the Logistics Sector with details on the cargo and vehicle.
    • As part of the Project “MERLUH”, Humanity & Inclusion (HI) proposes a collect, consolidation, and transport service from Port-au-Prince to provinces and between provinces. Requests can be sent to
  • Sea Transport:
    • WFP barge transport will be made available from Terminal Varreux to Garde-Côtes (Roll on/Roll off). The service will be free-to-user for a month starting 16 August. Until eight rotations will be performed per day. Requests can be a sent to
    • A container barge transport service can be made available from Port-au-Prince to Jeremie. Requests can be a sent to
    • Humanité & Inclusion (HI) will provide a cabotage service with 10 sailing ships able to move a total capacity of 160T. Requests can be sent to
    • The CMA CGM Foundation will provide international shipments and will make containers available, free of charge. Requests can be sent to
  • Customs:
    • Through the IMPACCT group, information on custom procedures will be shared and consultations with authorities will be held to ensure all humanitarian cargo can enter the country without delays. More information can be obtained contacting
    • IMPACCT bulletin #3 on customs, immigration and quarantine procedures is available here.
  • Warehousing:
    • Storage capacity is available in Les Cayes through WFP’s mobile storage units (MSUs). For additional information, organisations are invited to reach out to the Logistics Sector.


  • Partners are invited to reach out to the Logistics Sector Coordinator, Lila RICART ( any air freight request. Air freight transportation options will be considered depending on the needs.
  • UNHCR is importing 14 containers of relief items and is looking for partners to take the donations and distribute it. The organisations taking over the cargo will be responsible for customs clearance, warehousing, and the distribution. For more information, please contact:
  • The minutes of Friday 20 August Logistics Sector’s coordination meeting can be found here.
  • Last National Logistics Sector coordination meeting took place on Monday 23 August at 11:00 EDT in DGPC’s logistics base.

Information Management

  • The last updated (20/08) access constraints map can be found here.
  • An interactive cartography tool (Log:ie – Haiti Earthquake 08/21) has been set-up for partners to find and share logistics access constraints related information. Please refer to the Log:ie User Guide for Data Collection. Partners are encouraged to share information via the tool or Logistics Cluster focal points.
  • Useful information (e.g. Logistics Capacity Assessments, maps) may be found on the Haiti Logistics Sector webpage.
  • Information channels:
    • Interested partners are invited to register to the National Logistics Sector mailing list in Haiti using this form.
    • The National Logistics Sector dedicated WhatsApp group can be joined here.


Lila RICART (Haiti)

Logistics Sector Coordinator

Andre HERMANN (Rome)

Global Logistics Cluster – Desk Officer AI


Information Management Officer

Yendi GERVE (Haiti)

Logistics Sector Assistant

Giuseppe DIDIANO (Haiti)

UNHAS Aviation Officer

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