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)
It has been nearly a year since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 230,000 people and devastating the nation's capital.
As Haiti commemorates the dead, international attention is focused on the slow pace of reconstruction, with an estimated 1.3 million still forced to live in tents nearly a year after the disaster.
The chief obstacle preventing more homes being built is the immense difficulty in proving land ownership, explains a report jointly commissioned by Christian Aid, Progressio, Tearfund and CAFOD.
"Most people were living in …
New Report: One year after earthquake Haitians must play greater role in recovery
15 December 2010
Ordinary Haitians are calling for a greater role in the rebuilding of their country in order achieve a successful and sustainable recovery from January's devastating earthquake, says a Progressio report released this week.
Since the earthquake, which killed some 230,000 people and left much of the country in ruins, civil society organisations, ranging from human rights and environmental to faith-based and humanitarian groups have expressed deep frustration at the …
The former Prime Minister of Haiti has called for Haiti to seize the opportunity to implement positive changes in the aftermath of the disastrous earthquake that hit the country in January 2010.
Speaking to nearly 200 people at Progressio's annual lecture in London on 11 October 2010, Michele Duvivier Pierre-Louis said that a plan is needed - and fast - to ensure ordinary people know what is likely to happen to them in the medium and long term.
Ten months on from the earthquake, Ms Pierre-Louis spoke of the frustration felt by many Haitians, particularly those who remain without …
Following last week's devasating earthquake which rocked Haiti, Progressio staff in the region are working flat out to assist the relief effort and help local partner organisations mobilise assistance to millions of Haitians.
From their base in neighbouring Domincan Republic, Progressio development workers are now jointly coordinating a team of local NGOs and organisations.