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)
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has announced that it will be sending emergency supplies to Benin to help victims of unusually heavy rains and floods in the West African state.
Blankets, tents, plastic sheeting and sleeping pads were being airlifted from Johannesburg to the Benin capital of Cotonou as soon as possible.
Benin is hit annually by heavy rains and floods, but this year the rainfall was 2 =BD times heavier than during the same period last year.
At least 46 persons were reported dead, 680,000 others were affected, 55,000 homes were damaged along with …
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has opened a field office in Haiti to help oversee a rehabilitation and reconstruction project following a January earthquake in which around 220,000 people were killed and areas of the Caribbean island destroyed.
JICA Vice-President Izumi Takashima met Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive this week to discuss the country's reconstruction needs and other agency projects in the fields of health care and agriculture which had been planned before the worst tremor in the country's history wreaked widespread havoc.
In addition to the …
Japanese civilian and military medical personal are continuing to work around the clock at the epicenter of Haiti's earthquake to help survivors of the worst natural disaster to hit the Caribbean country in two centuries.
A 25-strong team from the Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) system arrived shortly after the tremor struck earlier this month killing well over 100,000 people according to government figures and began work in the rubble of the town of Leogane, several miles from the capital of Port au Prince, and which was at the very heart of the tremor.
The United Nations said that …
A Japanese emergency medical team is working around the clock at the very epicenter of the earthquake which rocked Haiti last week causing tens of thousands of deaths and leaving many more as hapless victims.
The 25-strong team from the Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) system is working in the rubble of the town of Leogon, several miles from the capital of Port au Prince, and which was at the very heart of the tremor.
The United Nations said that between 80-90 % of the town, which had a population of 134,000 before the disaster, was in ruins.
Because of the very scale of the …