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)
This report covers the period from 01 January 2010 to 31 December 2010.
Programme purpose: Support the seven National Societies in the Central America and Mexico region, working closely together with them to effectively implement the Inter-American Plan 2007– 2011.
Get Prepared for More Complex Scenarios
Disasters claimed the greatest number of lives worldwide in 2010—more than any other single-year period in the last several decades. In just Haiti alone, the death toll was estimated at 230,000, although the actual number may never be known. The variety, frequency and complexity of these events will continue to increase, as we live in a more sophisticated and interdependent world, and countries must prepare for this.
UNESCO’s post-disaster response
A series of severe natural disasters in all parts of the world marked 2010 with tragic consequences. These events tested to the full UNESCO’s capacities for rapid response. The Organization participated in 15 of the 25 humanitarian appeals launched by the United Nations, with project proposals in 13 post-conflict and post-disaster countries and regions. Some of these initiatives are described below.
Meanwhile, post-conflict and post-disaster work continued in many other countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
After the relatively moderate year of 2009, the extent of the impact of natural disasters took a turn for the worse in 2010. A total of 385 natural disasters killed more than 297 000 people worldwide, affected over 217.0 million others and caused US$ 123.9 billion of economic damages.
This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2010.
Programme purpose: To save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises by reducing the impact of, and vulnerability to, disasters through the development and effective use of national, regional and international Red Cross and Red Crescent capacities and resources in sheltering.
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Source: Alertnet // Thin Lei Win
Turkana men slaughter goats at a livestock de-stocking centre in the Loyoro village of Turkana district in north-western Kenya, October 1, 2009. The European Commission's ECHO department organised the de-stocking due to a severe and prolonged drought in the region.
9 février 2011 - « L'année dernière, plus d'un quart de million de personnes ont été tuées par des catastrophes. Des tremblements de terre en Haïti, au Chili et en Chine, aux inondations au Pakistan et en Europe, en passant par les incendies en Russie et les cyclones aux États-Unis et en Asie.
The world witnessed numerous large-scale disasters in 2010, ranging from major earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and China to devastating flooding in China and Pakistan to heat waves and wild fires in Russia. In the U.S., the blowout of BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in this country's largest environmental disaster to date. As of the writing of this article, eastern Australia is experiencing record flooding.
JOHANNESBOURG, 26 janvier 2011 (IRIN) - En 2010, cinq des catastrophes les plus désastreuses, en termes de morts, de biens matériels et d'infrastructures, ont eu lieu en Asie. Investir dans la planification en prévision des catastrophes pourrait grandement contribuer à limiter le nombre de victimes, ont dit les experts.
« Les catastrophes en Asie sont principalement dues aux inondations et dans une moindre mesure, aux tempêtes.
JOHANNESBURG, 25 January 2011 (IRIN) - In 2010, five of the most devastating disasters, measured in loss of lives, goods and infrastructure, occurred in Asia. Investing in disaster planning could go a long way to keeping the number of casualties down, experts said.
"Disasters in Asia are largely due to floods and, in the second instance, storms.
Genève - Selon le Centre de recherche sur l'épidémiologie des catastrophes (CRED), les 373 catastrophes naturelles recensées en 2010 ont fait 296 800 morts et près de 208 millions de sinistrés, et ont entraîné quelques 110 milliards de dollars US de dommages.
Les deux catastrophes les plus destructrices, le séisme en Haïti du 12 janvier et la vague de chaleur en Russie cet été, qui ont respectivement occasionné 222 500 et près de 56 000 victimes, font de cette année 2010 l'une des plus meurtrières des deux dernières décennies.
« Ces chiffres sont affligeants ; toutefois ils …
- Developing countries shoulder rising
costs from disasters
* Earthquakes, floods cost $109 bln in 2010 vs $35 bln 2009
* Decaying infrastructure described as risk in urban areas
By Laura MacInnis
GENEVA, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Natural disasters caused $109 billion in economic damage last year, three times more than in 2009, with Chile and China bearing most of the cost, the United Nations said on Monday.
The 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile in February cost $30 billion.
What we build: So much more than houses
Building and repairing homes has always been our identity. In fact, we are very grateful to all those who helped Habitat for Humanity serve almost 75,000 families worldwide last year-almost triple the number of five years ago. But the heart of Habitat is not bricks and sticks. It is the desire to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ by reaching out to help those in need of a better place to live. When we ask, "What will you build?" there are so many answers, because we build so much more than houses.
NEW YORK, USA, 30 December 2010 - For UNICEF and the world's children, the past 12 months have been marked by unprecedented difficulties and extraordinary opportunities. As 2010 draws to a close, it's worth highlighting some of the moments that made this a year like no other.
The year began, tragically and ominously, with the devastating earthquake in Haiti on 12 January.
According to initial estimates from Swiss Re's sigma team, worldwide economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters were USD 222 billion in 2010, more than triple the 2009 figure of USD 63 billion. The cost to the global insurance industry was USD 36 billion, an increase of 34% over the previous year. Approximately 260 000 people died in these events, the highest number since 1976.
In 2010, severe catastrophes claimed significantly more lives than the previous year: nearly 260 000 were killed, compared to 15 000 in 2009.
13 October 2010
Since the beginning of the year, more than 236,000 people have been killed by disasters and nearly 256 million have been affected by earthquakes, floods, tropical storms and landslides according to the latest figures released by the Centre for Research in the Epidemiology of Disasters.(1)
Most of them lived in cities.
"Today's urban planning demands foresight and much more attention to disaster risk.
Washington, D.C., 13 de octubre del 2010 (OPS)--Con motivo de la celebración del Día Internacional para la Reducción de los Desastres, la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) hace un llamado a desarrollar ciudades resilientes y tomar medidas y acciones prácticas para reducir el riesgo y lograr que los hospitales y las instalaciones de salud puedan seguir funcionando en situaciones de emergencias y desastres. El llamado a los gobiernos, a los alcaldes, la comunidad internacional y la sociedad civil, es importante en vista de recientes desastres como los de Haití, Chile o Pakistán, …
By Mohammed Mukhier, head of the community preparedness & disaster risk reduction unit, IFRC
This year a number of major disasters have captivated the attention of the public and media: the January earthquake in Haiti, the massive earthquake in Chile one month later, the summer heatwave and wildfires in Russia and months of continued flooding in Pakistan.
While these large events caused great losses and suffering, it is generally the smaller and more frequent disasters that undermine sustainable development and prohibit people from achieving greater economic stability and growth.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, health facilities continue to be built in high-risk areas without proper protective measures
Washington, D.C., Sept.
NAIROBI, 21 September 2010 (IRIN) - The disproportionately high risk of disaster faced by a billion slum-dwellers across the world could be significantly reduced with prudent investment, states a new report.
"We cannot stop urbanization but we shouldn't be naive; a trend does not mean destiny, disasters can be prevented," Matthias Schmale, the Under-Secretary-General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said in Nairobi at the global launch of the 2010 edition of the World Disasters Report.
Schmale said solutions for disaster …