As per news dated September 28, 2018, the commune of Fort-Liberté (North-East) has become ready to receive the "Tsunami ready" label, for its compliance with international requirements for tsunami preparedness and response. However, as per Dr. Jerry Chandler, the Director of Civil Protection, "this recognition does not mean that the commune is now completely safe from tsunamis. It only confirms the relevance of the initiatives, which have been taken in recent years, to make the Fort-Dauphinoise community ready to react in the event of a tsunami warning." In the Caribbean, St. Kitts and Nevis were recognized as Tsunami Ready by UNESCO in 2016 and in the Pacific, Cedeño, Honduras and Ostional, Costa Rica in 2017. Currently, Tsunami Ready pilots are also underway in Haiti, Grenada, and Costa Rica, and in several other Latin American countries. In the Pacific, Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua in Meso-America, Ecuador in the South East Pacific, and Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu in the South West Pacific have indicated interest.
Fort-Liberté is located in Haiti's Nord-Est-Department. In Haiti, it is the oldest country and Haiti got its independence here on November 29,1803. The Dominican Republic is located close to its border. Around 11,465 people inhabit the place. The language spoken in the region is Creole. Hurricanes, storms and sunshine are all experienced bringing changes in temperature.
How It Got Its Name
Indians inhabited the region originally after which the Spanish colonists came. In 1578 they found the city of Bayaja and in 1605 abandoned it. In 1732 the French reoccupied it as Fort-Dauphin. In 1764, Spanish forces captured it and in 1801 shortly, after independence was declared in 1803, it was restored to the French.
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