Sneha Girap

Carrefour, Ouest

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Country  Haiti
University  Universite Adventiste dHaiti
Arrondissement  Ouest Department, Port-au-Prince Arrondissement
Area  165.16 km2

Carrefour (Haitian Creole: ; ) 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.


Map of Carrefour, Ouest

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

2010 earthquake

On 12 January 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti caused heavy damage to residential buildings in Carrefour, with 40 to 50 per cent of buildings destroyed in the towns worst-affected areas. One of the damaged facilities was the citys hospital.

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

As of 9 February 2010, the US 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is rotating out of Haiti, having been replaced by the US 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, in their position on USS Bataan and Carrefour, Leogane, Grand-Goave and Petit-Goave.

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


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