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 REBECA MORENO JIMENEZ, LINK LAB MANAGER, JULY 15, 2015
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Working environment The intensification of several humanitarian crises in Africa and in the Middle East is keeping global resettlement needs high. Thanks to the generosity of countries such as the United States and Canada, which have large resettlement programmes, many vulnerable refugees are able to find a solution to their plight.
The fourth edition of ‘Shelter Projects’, is launched at a time when shelter is more relevant than ever as an instrument of humanitarian response. The case studies in this edition reflect the on-going challenges posed by responses to complex emergencies such as Haiti and Pakistan as well as new challenges derived from unprecedented level of population displacement in Africa, Asia and in the Middle East.
SANTO DOMINGO, República Dominicana, 9 de abril (ACNUR) - Más de dos años después del trágico terremoto de 2010 en Haití, el Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados (ACNUR) sigue prestando asistencia a las personas vulnerables en Haití y en la República Dominicana. La semana pasada, Janet Lim, Alta Comisionada Asistente para Operaciones del ACNUR, viajó a estos dos países para evaluar los desafíos actuales.
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January 11, 2012 – Washington, DC - On the eve of the two-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that left Haiti in shambles, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) pays tribute to the approximately two million Haitians affected by the quake.
UNHCR has played an important support role in the aftermath of the quake focusing its efforts in providing emergency relief items and following the emergency phase in providing quake victims with civil documentation and protecting victims of sexual violence.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, October 6 (UNHCR) – Shirley* seems like a typical young woman – energetic, excited and hopeful. Her smile is contagious and her voice clear and strong. However, when she begins to share the horrors she has experienced, her voice drops and her gaze turns downward.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, September 9 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres visited Haiti this week, putting the spotlight on a project that is helping Haitians who lost vital documentation needed to rebuild their lives after the devastating earthquake of January 2010.
Port-au-Prince, 5 July 2011
Haïti, 15 juin (HCR) – En quelques minutes, des centaines de familles déplacées se sont retrouvées sans abri après des pluies torrentielles sur Port-au-Prince. Ce nouveau déplacement forcé, injuste et arbitraire pour ces victimes du séisme du 12 janvier 2010, ne doit rien au hasard et tout à l'action humaine.
BELLADERE, Haiti, March 14 (UNHCR) - More than a year after the earthquake that devastated much of Haiti, providing access to education for tens of thousands of children uprooted by the destruction remains a challenge.
Helping communities that have welcomed families displaced by the quake was the aim of a UNHCR project to rebuild damaged schools that was made possible thanks to a joint effort of Pirelli Group and its worldwide employees.
In the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake, an estimated 2 million people were living in makeshift settlements around the Haitian capital, …
PETIT GOAVE, Haiti, February 1 (UNHCR) - This was the day that Jacqueline and her neighbours in a ramshackle settlement for victims of last year's devastating earthquake were going to be born again.
Jacqueline is one of hundreds of Haitians who have benefitted from a UNHCR project to provide identity documents to vulnerable people who either lost them in the quake or never possessed them.
PETIT GOAVE, Haïti, 1er février (HCR) - « J'ai l'impression que nous existons à nouveau... Regardez ! » s'est exclamée Jacqueline, fière avec un sourire éclatant.
Adrian Edwards / UNHCR Spokesperson
UNHCR has had a small team in Haiti over the past six months but we have nonetheless played an important support role, working closely with OHCHR and with the Government and other partners. Since the January 12th earthquake our work has gone from flying in initial emergency relief and shelter, to helping people who were injured and evacuated to Dominican Republic, and working for the future of the huge displaced populations in and around Port-au-prince.
The gaps and challenges remain enormous. At the peak of displacement some 2.3 million people …
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (UNHCR) - When a massive earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince on January 12, many of the survivors needed urgent medical treatment that was simply not available in Haiti.
With emergency services out of action and hospitals destroyed, large numbers of civilians looked for care and shelter across the border in the Dominican Republic, where staff in hospitals and clinics have saved many lives and prevented many people from suffering permanent disability.
But in some cases where the patient needs a long time to recover, relatives have been torn between …
This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.
UNHCR is appealing for US$12,500,000 to help people living outside of formal camps in Haiti and those who have fled to neighbouring Dominican Republic.
To date, UNHCR …
Making a Difference, 25 March 2010
FONDS-VERRETTES, Haiti, March 24 (UNHCR) - More than two months after a powerful earthquake levelled large areas of Haiti, at least 1.9 million survivors remain displaced. Some 1.3 million men, women and children are living in settlements and camps in and around the capital, Port-au-Prince.
SAINT-DOMINGUE, République dominicaine, 23 février (HCR) - Le Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés a commencé à distribuer de l'aide aux survivants du séisme et à leurs familles d'accueil dans la région frontalière en Haïti, remettant des kits d'articles non alimentaires à quelque 8 000 personnes se trouvant dans une zone sous-développée et frappée par une extrême pauvreté.
Des agents publics locaux et des employés de la Croix-Rouge haïtienne ont commencé à distribuer l'aide du HCR samedi dans la ville de Fonds-Verrettes, où la population locale a …
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, February 23 (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency has started distributing aid to earthquake survivors and host families in a border area of Haiti, handing out packages of non-food items to some 8,000 people in a poverty stricken and underdeveloped region.
Local officials and Haitian Red Cross staff began distributing the UNHCR aid on Saturday in the town of Fonds-Verrettes, where the local population has been swollen some 10-15 per cent by the arrival of people fleeing from the devastated capital, Port-au-Prince, since the earthquake struck on January …