Haiti: Earthquakes - Jan 2010
The earthquake that hit Haiti on 12 Jan 2010 affected almost 3.5 million people, including the entire population of 2.8 million people living in the capital, Port-au- Prince. The Government of Haiti estimates that the earthquake killed 222,570 and injured another 300,572 people. Displacement peaked at close to 2.3 million people, including 302,000 children. At least 188,383 houses were badly damaged and 105,000 were destroyed by the earthquake. Sixty per cent of Government and administrative buildings, 80 per cent of schools in Port-au-Prince and 60 per cent of schools in the South and West Departments were destroyed or damaged. Total earthquake-related loss is estimated at $7.8 billion, equivalent to more than 120 per cent of Haiti’s 2009 gross domestic product. (UN General Assembly, 2 Sep 2011)
According to the Humanitarian Action Plan for Haiti 2014 an estimated 172,000 people remained internally displaced in Haiti in 306 camps at the end of 2013, almost four years after the earthquake. Basic services in camps, including WASH and health, had declined faster than the pace of return or relocation of the displaced. 16,377 displaced families living in 52 camps were considered at high risk of forced evictions. Almost 80,000 people lived in 67 camps considered to be at particularly high risk of flooding, with an additional 30 camps at additional environmental risks.
By mid-2014, an estimated 104,000 people remained internally displaced in 172 camps. Almost 70,000 IDPs were not currently targeted by any return or relocation programs. (OCHA, 31 Jul 2014) By Sep, 85,432 people remained internally displaced in 123 camps. (IOM, 8 Oct 2014)
Most read reports
- IDMC: Behind the numbers: the shadow of 2010’s earthquake still looms large in Haiti. 13 Jan 2020
- Malteser: Haiti marks 10 year anniversary of earthquake amid worsening food insecurity. 10 Jan 2020
- American Red Cross: Haiti Earthquake: 10-Year Update from the Red Cross. 3 Jan 2020
- Center for Economic and Policy Research: Haiti by the Numbers, Ten Years Later. 10 Jan 2020
- OCHA: Haïti Aperçu des Besoins Humanitaires 2020 (janvier 2020). 9 Jan 2020
MADAME HELEN MEAGHER LA LIME, REPRÉSENTANTE SPÉCIALE DU SECRÉTAIRE GÉNÉRAL POUR HAÏTI ET CHEF DU BUREAU INTÉGRÉ DES NATIONS UNIES EN HAÏTI
Ce dimanche marque le dixième anniversaire du tremblement de terre qui a dévasté Haïti. La famille des Nations Unies en Haïti rend hommage aux plus de 200 000 victimes, dont 102 membres du personnel des Nations Unies qui ont péri dans l'exercice de leurs fonctions. Nous honorons leur mémoire. N’oublions jamais leur vie.
MADAM HELEN MEAGHER LA LIME, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR HAITI AND HEAD OF THE UNITED NATIONS INTEGRATED OFFICE IN HAITI
This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti. The United Nations family in Haiti pays tribute to the more than 200,000 victims, including 102 United Nations personnel who perished while performing their duties. We honour their memories. Let us never forget their lives.
Ludginie was twelve years old when the Haiti earthquake struck – leaving her city in ruins and Haiti’s society in chaos. When a group of people from America offered to take her abroad for a better life, her parents agreed.
“I remember it as if it happened today,” Ludginie, now 21, told us.
“I left my home with strangers who said they were taking me to the US. My parents agreed that I leave, since they had lost everything in the earthquake and had no money to support me.”
January 10, 2020 (SEATTLE) – “I heard a noise like a storm,” recalls Efanor Nore, World Concern Haiti Country Representative, of the moment when the magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck his home nation, on January 12, 2010. He was driving through Haiti’s capital city Port-au-Prince when the road buckled in front of him and another car smashed into the broken concrete. Buildings collapsed before his eyes, and people ran into the streets, screaming for help. “It was a nightmare,” said Nore, as he recounts the day no Haitian will ever forget.
Two World Food Programme humanitarians recall the day when hundreds of thousands of Haitians lost their lives
Bárbara Vallés, que estaba en Haití como delegada de Cruz Roja Española, ha vuelto al país como Jefa de la Delegación de Cruz Roja. En esta carta nos cuenta qué pasó y cómo está siendo la intervención de la Organización humanitaria en Haití.
Yo empecé a trabajar con Cruz Roja en Haití en el año 2003. Empecé con la Cruz Roja Alemana en Puerto Príncipe como responsable de logística a la respuesta al Ciclón Jeanne y luego trabajé con ellos en Sri Lanka en el 2004, como asistente a la coordinación durante la respuesta al Tsunami.
Cuando se cumplen 10 años del devastador terremoto que el 12 de enero de 2010 asoló Haití, Cáritas Española mantiene su estrecha colaboración fraterna con la Cáritas Haitiana para ayudar a los haitianos a reconstruir su futuro y acompañar a las personas más vulnerables a combatir las causas de la pobreza.
Cáritas Española ha asumido durante esta década una importante responsabilidad al canalizar más de 25 millones de euros aportados por los donantes españoles a través de la campaña de solidaridad “Caritas con Haití” lanzada a raíz del seísmo.
By Gabrielle Latortue
The earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010 left more than 220,000 dead, 300,000 injured and 1.5 million homeless. Countless families were broken up and 750,000 children were directly affected. UNICEF staffers were there as well, suffering through the situation. Below is the story of Gabrielle Lafortune, a driver at UNICEF Haiti.
Written by Jake Johnston
Magnitude of earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010: 7.0
Years since an earthquake of that magnitude struck Haiti: 168
Number of aftershocks, over 4.5 magnitude, in the week after the initial tremor: 51
Total number of government ministry buildings, before the earthquake: 29
Before January 12, 2010, the rehabilitation network was very underdeveloped in Haiti, with just a few professionals working in the sector. Change came with the earthquake which hit the country almost ten years ago.
Ten years ago, on January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 300,000 people and leaving over 1 million homeless. The solemn anniversary comes in the wake of urgent calls to action following reports of nationwide food insecurity in the country due to months of drought and political instability; nearly 4 million people are now in urgent need of emergency food assistance. That is one in three people.
Port-au-Prince – To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Haiti earthquake and remember its victims, IOM Haiti, its Goodwill Ambassador Phyllisia Ross and a group of Haitian women artists have released the song Goudou Goudou. Proceeds from the song – named for the popular way Haitians describe the devastating earthquake – will help raise funds for the many displaced Haitians still living in camps, and still need support.
IIED has created an online learning archive to document community planning in post-earthquake Haiti.
On 12 January 2010, Haiti was hit by a 7.3-magnitude earthquake. The epicentre was close to the town of Léogâne, approximately 25km west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Over 300,000 buildings were destroyed or damaged and approximately three million people directly affected. The bidonvilles -- informal areas/neighbourhoods -- of Port-au-Prince experienced widespread devastation.
Une décennie s’est écoulée depuis le tremblement de terre qui a terrassé Haïti en janvier 2010. L’occasion pour l’Agence française de développement (AFD), qui intervient sur l’île depuis 1976, de dresser un bilan d’étape de son action dans le processus de reconstruction du pays.
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Contexte et impact de la crise
TEN YEARS AGO, ON JANUARY 12, 2010, A MAGNITUDE 7.0 EARTHQUAKE STRUCK HAITI.
Le 12 janvier 2010, un séisme dévastateur frappait Haïti et ôtait la vie à 230 000 personnes. Six ans plus tard, l’ouragan Matthew constituait un nouveau coup dur pour ce coin d’île des Caraïbes. Depuis 10 ans, la CRS est aux côtés de la population et apporte son aide en cas d’urgence et sur le long terme.
When a devastating earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, neighborhoods were destroyed, rubble lined the streets, families were separated and hundreds of thousands of lives were lost.
Within moments, Haitian Red Cross teams responded to the devastation even as their own families suffered losses. That day, the American Red Cross joined the global effort to aid the wounded and displaced.
Americans opened their hearts and gave generously to save lives and help people recover—and that’s exactly what their donations have achieved over the past ten years.
On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by an earthquake, killing more than 230,000 people and injuring 300,000. Medical facilities in the disaster-affected region were almost entirely destroyed. Since then, Haiti continues to face difficulties. Following the devastating 2010 earthquake, a powerful hurricane in 2016 compounded serious political instability that continues to disrupt the country today. In 2010, Humanity & Inclusion deployed one of its largest humanitarian aid operations in Haiti which continues to help strengthen the local physical rehabilitation network.
On December 3rd, CBM, Humanity & Inclusion – Handicap International (HI), and the International Disability Alliance (IDA) mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by releasing a collection of 39 examples of field practices inclusive of persons with disabilities in humanitarian context and disaster risk reduction (DRR), from 20 countries of intervention.