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Carrefour

Kafou
Municipality
CountryFlag of Haiti.svg Haiti
DepartmentOuest
ArrondissementPort-au-Prince
Area
 • Total164.9 km2 (63.7 sq mi)
Elevation
39 m (128 ft)
Population
 (7 August 2003)[1]
 • Total373,916
 • Density2,267.1/km2 (5,872/sq mi)

Carrefour (Haitian Creole: Kafou; pronounced: [kafu]) is a largely residential and very poor commune in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. The district has an estimated population of 408,000 as of 2003. It is mostly a bedroom community for those who work in central Port-au-Prince. The neighborhood is very poor and ill-serviced, however, as of recently, small-scale construction has gone on in the area along with street renovations.

Before the exile of Jean-Claude Duvalier, Carrefour was viewed as a Haitian tourist destination.[citation needed]

2010 earthquake

On 12 January 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake[2] that hit Haiti caused heavy damage to residential buildings in Carrefour, with 40 to 50 per cent of buildings destroyed in the town’s worst-affected areas.[3] One of the damaged facilities was the city's hospital.[4]

In the wake of the quake, the Cuban military set up a field hospital in the region.[5] Electricity was restored to some sectors at the beginning of February.[6]

As of 9 February 2010, the US 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is rotating out of Haiti, having been replaced by the US 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, in their position on USS Bataan and Carrefour, Leogane and Grand-Goave, Petit-Goave.[7][8]

As of 7 March 2010, a donated Fujifilm X-ray machine has arrived at the Adventists Medical Center.[9]

References

  1. Institut Haïtien de Statistique et d'Informatique (IHSI)
  2. "Magnitude 7.0 - HAITI REGION", United States Geological Survey, 12 January 2010.
  3. ABC News, 'Haiti Disaster Like "No Other"', AFP, Lisa Millar, 17 January 2010 (accessed 17 January 2010)
  4. MSF, "Tented and inflatable facilities bring peace of mind to surgery patients in Haiti", 26 January 2010 (accessed 26 January 2010)
  5. Caribbean Net News, "Cuba to open fifth field hospital in Haiti", 5 February 2010 (accessed 5 February 2010)
  6. Haiti Press Network, "Haïti – Séisme : L’électricité se rétablit peu à peu", MJB, 4 February 2010 (accessed 5 February 2010)
  7. WITN, "24th Marine Expeditionary Unit Leaving Haiti", NBC News, 9 February 2010 (accessed 10 February 2010)
  8. DVIDS, "22nd MEU Moves Into Carrefour", 22MEU, 8 February 2010 (accessed 10 February 2010)
  9. The Hour, "Donated X-ray machine arrives in Haiti", Chase Wright, 7 March 2010 (accessed 9 March 2010)

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Coordinates: 18°32′04″N 72°24′34″W / 18.53444°N 72.40944°W / 18.53444; -72.40944

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