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)
Local Haitian Boy's Aid Delivered to Orphanage
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Since its arrival Saturday in Port-au-Prince, the new MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) KODIAK airplane has been in continual daytime use as an air ambulance, delivering victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake and doctors from around the world to undamaged hospitals in rural Haiti.
Among the relief cargo on the KODIAK that MAF delivered to orphanages were the two boxes of supplies collected by 9-year-old Moise Salois of Nampa.
NAMPA, Idaho - MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) has deployed a new KODIAK airplane and four crew members to join its fleet of three aircraft already serving the relief effort following the massive earthquake in Haiti Jan.
Reports from MAF Staff in Haiti
MAF remains at the center of international rescue, relief and recovery efforts following the Jan. 12 earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince. The following are first-hand accounts from the front lines:
John Woodberry, MAF Disaster Response/Security Manager:
?Jan. 15: We received a call to go to the airport to receive aid workers, but ran into a traffic jam on a primary thoroughfare. We detoured on an unfamiliar side street, which forked. I was about to go left when a motorcycle passed me.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) hangar at Port-au-Prince's small international airport is playing a vital role in facilitating dozens of relief flights into devastated Haiti that otherwise would be turned away.
As the airport was having difficulty accommodating all the aircraft trying to enter Haiti, MAF workers approached Air Force controllers to offer logistics support as well as space at MAF's hangar, said John Woodberry, MAF manager of disaster response and security. As a result, the many more relief flights are now arriving at …
Ministry's History in Haiti and Knowledge of the Land, Culture and Language Invaluable to Outside Groups Bringing Aid
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The MAF presence in the devastated nation of Haiti has transitioned into full disaster response mode, as the team began working with Samaritan's Purse to provide relief to the suffering people.
"MAF has been ministering in Haiti since 1986. We know the country, the culture and the language," said John Boyd, MAF president. "This experience and knowledge will be invaluable to groups coming to Haiti to help.
All MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) missionary staff in Haiti are uninjured following a devastating earthquake that measured 7.0 on the Richter scale.
"We are grateful to God for his protection of our missionary staff," said John Boyd, MAF president and CEO. "We do not yet know the status of our Haitian staff members, and ask for your prayers for all the people of Haiti during this time of great sorrow."
Thousands of people are believed to be dead, and tens of thousands may have lost their homes.