Ouest in Haiti
|• Type||Departmental Council|
|• Department||4,982.56 km2 (1,923.78 sq mi)|
|• Density||810/km2 (2,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|ISO 3166 code||HT-OU|
Ouest (English: West, Haitian Creole: Lwès) is one of the ten departments of Haiti. It is the jurisdictional seat of the national capital, the city of Port-au-Prince. It has an area of 4,982.56 square kilometres (1,923.78 sq mi) and a population of 4,029,705 (2015 Estimate). It borders the Dominican Republic to the east.
Arrondissements and communes
(with 2009 Population Estimates in parentheses)
- Arcahaie Arrondissement (180,564)
- Croix-des-Bouquets Arrondissement (431,789)
- La Gonâve Arrondissement (79,188)
- Léogâne Arrondissement (463,140)
- Port-au-Prince Arrondissement (2,509,939)
- × — The communes of Cité Soleil and Tabarre are newly constituted, and did not exist at the time of the 2003 Census
2010 7.0 earthquake
On 12 January 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck in the department, the largest in Haiti in two centuries. In the Port-au-Prince Arrondissement, many areas suffered damage. In the Léogâne Arrondissement, the city of Léogâne suffered 80-90% destruction. Other places in Léogâne were also affected.
Absolute poverty levels in the Ouest department are the lowest in the country.
Haiti's few public schools are located in Port-au-Prince.
- "IHSI" (PDF). Institut Haïtien de Statistique et d'Informatique. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
- CNN News Morning, 13 January 2010
- CNN, "The Situation Room", 15 January 2010
- ABC News, 'Haiti Disaster Like "No Other"', AFP, Lisa Millar, 17 January 2010 (accessed 17 January 2010)
- Mapping Inequality in the Caribbean, December 4, 2010 http://www.haitiedstories.org/haiti-map/
- Rebuilding Haiti's Education System from the Ground Up, October 25, 2010 http://pulitzercenter.org/projects/caribbean/rebuilding-haiti-education-system-earthquake
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