As the dust begins to settle in Haiti after the catastrophic earthquakes that devastated the already impoverished country, Canada has announced that it is sending in its élite military Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).
It was announced today that the advance DART team is in Haiti assessing the situation and quickly planning for the arrival of the main force. The mission in Haiti, code-named: Operation Hamlet, will consist of four goals.
1. To provide basic emergency medical care.
2. Produce safe drinking water.
3. Repair basic infrastructure.
4. Make communication easier.
The DART team is equipped to rapidly deploy anywhere in the world to provide emergency care by using the assets provided by the Canadian Military.
The establishment of a temporary outpost to provide up to 50,000 liters of drinking water per day and give medical aid will aid the situation to some degree.
It was also announced that in addition to the DART team, the Canadian Military is also re-tasking H.M.C.S. Halifax to assist in the relief effort.
The Queen’s representative here in Canada Governor General Michaëlle Jean, herself a Haitian emigrate. Was understandably horrified to learn what had happened to the Country of her youth.
As recently as today approximately 6000 Canadians are still in Haiti, most of which are still unaccounted for. The Canadian Embassy in Haiti has been working around the clock registering Canadian Nationals, and providing what aid they can to the survivors.