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)
Providing medical care at two hospitals
The Johanniter's team of 12 medical aid workers has arrived in the Haitian capital, Port au Prince, and has already started work. The team members landed in Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), and from there, made their way to Haiti by land. "We're unbelievably happy to have received some back-up," said Katja Lewinsky, head of the exploratory team. Her team of three in Port au Prince survived the strongest of the after shocks last Wednesday without injury.
The Johanniter are increasing aid for earthquake victims in Haiti
Due to an acute lack of medical personnel, Johanniter Emergency Assistance is sending more aid workers to Haiti on Wednesday. Among the 12 team members are doctors, paramedics, logistics experts and counselors.
The aid workers are taking an Emergency Health Kits with them, which contains urgently needed medication, wound dressings and basic surgical instruments. The kits carry sufficient materials to provide 20,000 people with medical care for three months.