Port-au-Prince Arrondissement

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Computer generated aerial view of the arrondissement

Port-au-Prince (Haitian Creole: Pòtoprens) is an arrondissement in the Ouest Department of Haiti. It has 2,109,516 inhabitants.[1] Postal codes in the Port-au-Prince Arrondissement start with the number 61.


Carrefour, Cité Soleil, Delmas, Port-au-Prince, in relation to one another

The arondissement consists of the following communes:


Port-au-Prince, Carrefour, Pétionville, in relation to each other, areas of heavy 12 January 2010 quake damage are highlighted

2010 7.0 Earthquake[edit]

Downtown Port-au-Prince after the quake
Main article: 2010 Haiti earthquake

On 12 January 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck in the arrondissement, the largest in Haiti in two centuries.[2] The city of Port-au-Prince suffered much damage, and estimates of upwards of 50,000 deaths, with many facilities destroyed.[3] In Pétionville, the earthquake collapsed a hospital in the city.[4] In Carrefour, half of the buildings were destroyed in the worst-affected areas.[5] Roughly half the structures were destroyed in Gressier.[5]


  1. ^ Institut Haïtien de Statistique et d'Informatique (IHSI), 7 August 2003.
  2. ^ CNN News Morning, 13 January 2010
  3. ^ CNN, "The Situation Room", 15 January 2010
  4. ^ "Haitian Earthquake Causes Hospital Collapse". The New York Times. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b ABC News, 'Haiti Disaster Like "No Other"', AFP, Lisa Millar, 17 January 2010 (accessed 17 January 2010)

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Coordinates: 18°30′39″N 72°38′02″W / 18.51083°N 72.63389°W / 18.51083; -72.63389