These are photos taken by Peter Coats.
All photos by Ayhan Irfanoglu
The EERI social impacts team had three goals today — scoping surveys of commerce, scoping surveys of IDP camps, and making contact with the Haiti Episcopal Church — a central organization in Haiti’s social capital.
Our commerce surveying took place around the Iron Market in downtown Port-au-Prince, as well as around the Delmas distract. There was significant damage to this central market structure, some that killed many. But the market appeared repairable in part and we were surprised to see the company Digicel assisting with reconstruction efforts.
Our camp survey took place near the large tent city across from the presidential palace — a camp with much exposure on NPR and other media outlets. Obviously the stories we heard were varied and overwhelming, but informative regarding where people came from, where they work(ed), and who did or didn’t receive tents and other assistance.
The USGS/EERI advance reconnaissance team that traveled to Haiti in late January has finished their report. It is available for download here: USGS_EERI_HAITI_V1.1 (9 MB PDF)
EERI members actively participated in a multi-organizational effort (also described in several other posts under EERI activities) to analyze damage using aerial photography. This report, prepared by ImageCat Inc. summarizes this effort.
EERI Subscribing Member firm ImageCat Inc. acquired high resolution AERIAL imagery of Haiti to assist the World Bank in performing a preliminary damage assessment. EERI assisted in this phase, by recruiting volunteers willing to take on the analysis of one or more grids within a two day period. Within hours of sending out email, EERI had hundreds of volunteers willing to help out.
In total, over 500 individuals from 115 organizations representing academia, government agencies, non-profit organizations and private industry responded.
To view results, visit the Virtual Disaster Viewer website and select the Haiti event.
The World Bank, supported by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), announced today that it has mobilized scientists and technical experts around the world to help assess the impacts of the earthquake in Haiti.