Carrefour, Ouest

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Carrefour
Kafou
Carrefour is located in Haiti
Carrefour
Carrefour
Location in Haiti
Coordinates: 18°32′0″N 72°24′0″W / 18.53333°N 72.40000°W / 18.53333; -72.40000
Country Flag of Haiti.svg Haiti
Department Ouest
Arrondissement Port-au-Prince
Area
 • Total 165.16 km2 (63.77 sq mi)
Elevation 39 m (128 ft)
Population (2013)
 • Total 343,916
 • Density 2,100/km2 (5,400/sq mi)

Carrefour (Haitian Creole: Kafou; pronounced: [kafu]) is a largely residential commune in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. The city had a population of 373,916 at the 2003 Census, and was officially estimated to have grown to 465,019 inhabitants in 2009. 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[edit]

On 12 January 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake[1] 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.[2] One of the damaged facilities was the city's hospital.[3]

In the wake of the quake, the Cuban military set up a field hospital in the region.[4] Electricity was restored to some sectors at the beginning of February.[5]

As of 9 February 2010, the US 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is rotating out of Haiti, having been replaced by the US 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, in their position on USS Bataan and Carrefour, Léogâne, Grand-Goâve and Petit-Goâve.[6][7]

As of 7 March 2010, a donated Fujifilm X-ray machine has arrived at the Adventists Medical Center.[8]

References[edit]

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