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)
On the morning of 12 January 2010, Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake killing more than 220,000 people and making over 1.5 million homeless. In the direct aftermath of the disaster, SOLIDAR members reacted in a surge of solidarity to provide assistance to the victims of the Haitian earthquake, and to coordinate their relief action.
SOLIDAR sadly commemorates the earthquake that hit Haiti on the morning of 11 January 2010, killing more than 220,000 and making over 1.5 million homeless. Two years later, reconstruction still lingers behind promises and expectations.
18 January 2010 - Three Spanish NGOs which are members of SOLIDAR (Asamblea de Cooperación Por la Paz, Movimiento por la Paz y Solidaridad Internacional) are working together to deliver emergency aid to the Haitian population after the earthquake that hit the country last Tuesday.