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)
by Julia Rawlins-Bentham
Countries in the region are being called upon to address the $1.2 million in outstanding contributions owed to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, made the call, stressing that CDEMA could do a lot more for countries in the region if it was given the necessary resources.
He was at the time speaking during the opening ceremony of the Fifth Meeting of the Council of CDEMA at Hilton Barbados recently.
A further shipment of relief supplies left Barbados yesterday, Wednesday, February 24, bound for Haiti via Jamaica.
Word of this has come from the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) which stated that the shipment of one 20-foot and two 40-foot containers comprised the following items: clothes, food supplies, water, toiletries, bedding, tents, cots, and pharmaceuticals. It is scheduled to arrive in Jamaica on March 1, for trans-shipment to Haiti.
Another consignment of relief supplies and equipment (tents - which are being trans-shipped from Grenada, pharmaceuticals, and …
The Barbados Government's first shipment of supplies to Haiti left the island yesterday (Wednesday, February 10), bound for Jamaica, the Caribbean's staging point in the relief effort.
The shipment comprised one 40-foot container filled with medical supplies, and two 20-foot containers with a variety of other items.
This is according to Parliamentary Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner, who is also the coordinator of the National Collaborative Haiti Relief Effort.
Meanwhile, she noted that activity would be scaled down at the …