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)
On the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, which killed more than 230,000 people, Minister of State for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, T.D., has confirmed that the Government has delivered 90% of the funding pledged by Ireland in response to the disaster.
Minister Costello said that €11.5 million of the €13 million pledged by the Government for the period 2010 to 2012 has been provided to assist families to access clean water, shelter and sanitation. The remaining €1.5 million in funding will be released in the early months of 2012.
Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power T.D., today reiterated Ireland's commitment to the people of Haiti on the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake which killed more than 230,000 people.
The Minister remembered the family of Andrew Grene, the Irish citizen who lost his life in the earthquake while working for the United Nations.
Today at the United Nations, the Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power TD, will pledge €13 million towards rebuilding Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake of 12 January.
Minister Power will be speaking on Wednesday morning at an international donors' conference in New York, which will be chaired by UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in cooperation with the Government of Haiti.
Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive will outline his government's long-term reconstruction plan, which draws on a …
Minister of State for Overseas Development, Mr Peter Power, T.D., today announced funding of more than €800,000 to agencies responding to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Haiti.
The funding will be provided to Plan Ireland, Christian Aid and UN agencies.
This latest round of emergency funding brings the total Government aid commitment to Haiti to almost €4 million. It is focused on education and child protection, shelter, agriculture and environmental support.
Making the announcement, Minister Power said:
"Nearly two months after the earthquake, the needs of people of …
Dáil schedule amended for statements on Haiti disaster
Minister of State for Overseas Development, Mr Peter Power, T.D., today paid tribute to the extraordinary generosity of the public in their response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Addressing the Dáil on Ireland's response to the disaster, Minister Power said:
"The Irish people have demonstrated an extraordinary level of generosity in supporting appeals from NGOs and UN agencies over the past few days.
The Government's consignment of more than 80 tonnes of emergency humanitarian supplies has arrived in Haiti, Minister of State for Overseas Development Peter Power confirmed today.
The supplies of blankets, plastic sheeting for temporary shelter, water tanks, tents, mattresses and kitchen sets will be given to Concern and Goal for distribution to more than 8,000 families.
Commenting on the consignment, Minister Power said:
"This consignment, which is one of the largest ever directly supplied by the Government, arrived in the Dominican Republic last night (Jan 19).
Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power TD today approved €600,000 in funding for the World Food Programme and to assist the United Nations in providing vital coordination to the rescue and relief effort.
The funding will support the urgent transport of goods, personnel and food in Haiti and assist the UN agency which is charged with coordinating the overall humanitarian response to the earthquake.
Announcing the funding, Minister Power said:
"The devastation wrought by the earthquake of January 12 is one of the worst disasters to which the …
Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power, today underscored Ireland's swift and coordinated response to the Haitian disaster and pledged that the Government would continue to support the Haitian people.
Speaking at an emergency meeting of EU Development Ministers in Brussels, Minister Power outlined Ireland's contribution to the United Nation's disaster relief fund of €20 million, from which the UN is drawing down in response to the Haiti crisis.
Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power, today announced that the Government is to freight 85 tonnes of emergency supplies to Haiti as part of the international aid effort.
The Government supplies will be given to Concern and Goal for distribution to 8,000 families. The consignment includes mosquito nets, essential plastic sheeting for shelter and water tanks.
Commenting on the consignment, Minister Power said:
"It is essential that these important supplies reach the people of Haiti as quickly as possible. The fastest way in is by air.
The Government is to send a team of experts to Haiti to assist in the international emergency effort in the wake of this week's devastating earthquake.
The technical team, which will be drawn from Irish Aid, the Government's programme for overseas development, will initially be charged with assessing needs on the ground, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin and Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power announced today.
"This team, whose members are highly-experienced in emergency situations, will initially assess the immediate needs of the Haitian …
The Government has announced emergency humanitarian assistance for those affected by the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti yesterday.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is working to establish the number of Irish citizens who may have been affected and is in close contact with the US Administration, other EU Member States and Irish organisations with links to Haiti.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin stated this morning:
"Reports reaching us from Haiti indicate the horrific extent of the destruction caused by this earthquake. Our immediate thoughts are with …