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)
9 January 2015 - On the fifth anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti, the development progress made in the country is at risk of being overshadowed by the needs that have yet to be addressed, Christian Aid says.
An estimated 220,000 people died, over 300,000 were injured and over 1.5 million people lost their homes in the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010.
Using DEC funds our member agencies have provided assistance to over 1.8million earthquake survivors in Haiti.
It has been nearly a year since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 230,000 people and devastating the nation's capital.
As Haiti commemorates the dead, international attention is focused on the slow pace of reconstruction, with an estimated 1.3 million still forced to live in tents nearly a year after the disaster.
The chief obstacle preventing more homes being built is the immense difficulty in proving land ownership, explains a report jointly commissioned by Christian Aid, Progressio, Tearfund and CAFOD.
"Most people were living in …
On 12 January, an earthquake the magnitude of 7.0 hit Haiti just 10 miles from its capital Port-au-Prince.
Latest reports suggest that in excess of 220,000 people were killed, making it comparable to the Asian tsunami of 2004.
This is the worst earthquake Haiti has experienced in 200 years, devastating the country's infrastructure and essential services.
It is more than three months since a devastating earthquake hit Haiti.
The quake measured 7.0 on the Richter scale - a relatively low magnitude compared to other significant earthquakes - yet it devastated the country.
A recent quake in Chile was 500-times more powerful than the one in Haiti.
It caused limited damage and only 500 people lost their lives, compared to the 200,000 people who died during the Haiti earthquake.
But Haiti was in crisis before the earthquake. The poorest country in the western hemisphere, with crippling poverty, non-existent infrastructure, …