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)
Baltimore, MD - January 19, 2010: One week after Haiti's cataclysmic earthquake, Baltimore-based World Relief is providing urgent medical care and feeding hundreds of survivors in Port-au-Prince.
The relief agency is running several feeding centers in partnership with local churches - providing hot meals every day for hundreds of quake victims, desperate for food and water.
In the next few days, World Relief will expand its hot meal network in the capital, and distribute tarps for emergency shelter.
The agency's country director, Dr. Hubert Morquette, and Dr.
World Relief has dispatched its Disaster Response team to Haiti following Tuesday's massive earthquake.
Right now, the situation in the capital Port-au-Prince is critical. Dr. Hubert Morquette, World Relief's Country Director, described the scene as "devastating and grave."
An estimated 3 million people have been impacted, tens of thousands have been killed or injured, and many remain trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings. Traumatized and grief-stricken, people wander the streets in a daze.
A massive 7.3 magnitude quake struck Haiti on Tuesday.
World Relief is assessing the situation and will be responding with assistance to the victims.
Early reports indicate that damage is widespread in the capital Port-au-Prince - and casualties could be severe.
Two strong aftershocks sparked fear and panic, and a tsunami alert was issued.
There were reports of extensive damage to buildings in the capital, including a hospital that reportedly collapsed.
An eyewitness at the scene reported that the city was "just gray with dust."
Haiti, the poorest nation in the …