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)
November 8, 2010
SUBJECT: Criticism of humanitarian operations.
SIGNIFICANCE: Despite rapid humanitarian aid mobilisation following the January earthquake, recent evaluations of the response have highlighted constraints that significantly impeded operations, ranging from the unique context to coordination and funding.
ANALYSIS: The January 12 earthquake triggered one of the largest international humanitarian response operations in history. However, the international community has been criticised for being inefficient and uncoordinated throughout the humanitarian response …
February 2, 2010
SUBJECT: The Haitian government role in reconstruction efforts.
SIGNIFICANCE: President Rene Preval widely is seen as the best hope for maintaining stability, but his hold on power is far from secure.
ANALYSIS: At the January 25 Montreal donor conference Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive stated that Haiti would be in a position to take control of and lead the reconstruction effort. Other participants readily accepted this:
All agreed that restoring national authority was an urgent priority.
Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon made clear that the aim of …