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)
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It is ten months since the earthquake devastated Haiti, killing over 230,000 people and affecting millions. Despite the huge amounts of money pledged by Governments and raised by agencies the pace of change is frustratingly slow. But WER has been delivering real progress in Cité Soleil, the poorest slum in Haiti, through our local partner the Good Samaritan Foundation.
Following a recent visit to Haiti, WER Programme Manager Jeremy Horner, is very pleased with what he saw.
In the slum area of Cité Soleil, Haiti many children are malnourished and underweight. Despite the massive aid operation not enough food is reaching those most in need. WER partner, the Good Samaritan Foundation has begun a supplementary feeding programme for over 252 'at risk' children that will ensure that they achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Malnourishment can lead to serious, lifelong health problems, even death.
For the injured and sick in capital city Port au Prince and the slums of Cite Soleil, medicine is needed now. WER is providing $2 million worth of pharmaceuticals through International Relief and Development (IRD). These medicines will be in use by the end of the week and a further shipment of similar value will be sent next week.
WER has also sent doctors travel packs. These mobile kits have the basic medical supplies to treat 4,000 people. The packs, together with the pharmaceutical shipments, will not just help to save lives now.
At 4.53pm local time yesterday Haiti was hit by a massive earthquake. The worst affected areas are the capital, Port-au-Prince, and the surrounding slums of Cite Soleil.
Hundreds are feared dead already. Many hundreds more will die unless we respond immediately. Please donate as much as you can now so that WER can immediately ship medicines, food, blankets and other emergency supplies.
WER Chief Executive, Alex Haxton, recently visited Cite Soleil. Even at the best of times, living conditions there are appalling.