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)
Ireland Donates €70 Million to Emergency Appeals
It was announced today that Ireland has donated more than €70 million to Red Cross emergency appeals over the last 10 years. Speaking at the Irish Red Cross in Dublin, Annita Underlin - Director of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent’s Europe Zone, said that, ‘the generosity of the Irish public has literally changed thousands if not millions of lives around the world’.
2011 has seen significant transitions in Haiti. Nearly a million people are reported to have left the camps, a new Haitian Government has been sworn into power and, according to the latest estimates from the Early Recovery Cluster, nearly half of the 10 million cubic meters of debris generated by the earthquake has been cleared.
The Irish Red Cross today announced that it will be collaborating for the first time with Voilà, a leading mobile telephone operator in Haiti, to communicate with millions of Haitians and inform them of a massive vaccination campaign taking place in the aftermath of the earthquake which struck on the 12th of January.
The vaccination campaign is being run by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) and aims to inoculate millions of Haitians against Measles, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough, Measles and Rubella.
Red Cross experts in Haiti report that the situation on the ground remains difficult, although aid is getting through.
Irish Red Cross Delegate Joe Lowry is currently in Haiti acting as Communications Manager for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), while Beneficiary Communications delegate for the Irish Red Cross in Haiti, Will Rogers, arrived in Haiti last Thursday (21 January) and has been assessing the needs of those affected by the earthquake.
"At one of the main hospitals there was a reasonably strong smell of decomposing bodies, I …
The Irish Red Cross announced today that it is deploying two experts to Port-au-Prince in response to the devastating earthquake which struck a week ago.
Joe Lowry, an Irishman, will be on the ground in Haiti tomorrow and will act as Communications Manager for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), ensuring that there is a constant flow of accurate information from towns and villages affected by the earthquake.
Irish Red Cross delegate Will Rogers is also being deployed to Haiti and will arrive in Port-au-Prince tomorrow to manage beneficiary …
Over €450,000 has been raised by the Irish Red Cross in its Haiti Appeal it was announced today.
Donations to the appeal have been steady since its launch last Wednesday, thanks to the positive response received from members of the public taking part in fundraising events, and businesses and the media providing details of the appeal over the weekend.
"I would like to thank the Irish public for their generosity which has allowed us to reach this total in the space of just 5 days.
Friday 15 January 2010
The Irish Red Cross has announced that it is sending a further €100,000 in aid to Haiti from its Emergency Relief Fund.
Yesterday, the Organisation sent an initial €25,000 to Haiti.
The Irish Red Cross has announced that it is sending an initial €25,000 in aid to Haiti from its Emergency Relief Fund to deal with the devastating earthquake which struck the country on Tuesday.
With the number of deaths, injured and homeless still rising, and the extent of the damage unknown, these funds will go towards dealing with the most immediate needs of the people of Haiti, such as search and rescue activities, relief distributions, emergency medical care, water and sanitation, and emergency shelter.
The Irish Red Cross also launched an emergency appeal for donations …
The Irish Red Cross launched an emergency appeal for humanitarian aid today in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake which struck Haiti last night, causing widespread devastation and many deaths.
Donations to the emergency appeal can be made online at www.redcross.ie and by calling 1850 50 70 70.
The earthquake, measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale, hit the capital Port-au-Prince and other areas of the country, and was felt in other countries in the region.