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 January 12, 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean island of Haiti and was followed by two aftershocks measuring 5.9 and 5.5 in magnitude.
The earthquake, described as the worst to hit Haiti in centuries, was centered ten miles to the south west of the island’s capital Port-au-Prince and killed more than 250,000 people in all.
ShelterBox responded immediately and by the next day had a team in the country to evaluate the situation.
ShelterBox and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have been working together in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake to help return displaced families to their communities, successfully closing down 28 camps.
In the aftermath of the quake that severely damaged the already impoverished Haiti, ShelterBox was quick to respond and help thousands of affected people. Through its partnership with IOM, the disaster relief charity helped affected families by distributing ShelterBoxes which include tents, water filters, kitchen sets and other lifesaving equipment.
The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti three years ago left 1.5 million homeless, injured around 300,000 people and left over 230,000 dead. An already delicate population fell into disaster.
The first ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) was mobilised 12 minutes after the quake struck and 900 boxes were dispatched immediately.
The deployment went on to be the biggest, longest and most complex in the history of the international disaster relief charity. Nearly 28,500 ShelterBoxes were distributed to families in need.
ShelterBox aid is expected to arrive at Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince on 24 August as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches the Caribbean island.
Tropical Storm Isaac is travelling fast across the Caribbean having hurtled over the smaller islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe and Dominica, forcing some flights to be cancelled and some businesses to close, but not causing any damage.
More than a quarter of all tents sheltering families who lost everything in the Haiti earthquake have been provided by UK-based charity, ShelterBox.
According to figures released by the UN Shelter Cluster, 97,054 tents have been distributed on the island since the catastrophic earthquake struck on January 12, 2010.
Monday, July 12 2010
Six months after the world was rocked by one of the worst disasters it has ever witnessed, the huge financial commitment to rebuilding permanent shelter has had little impact for the hundreds of thousands of families displaced by the earthquake.
As land ownership issues and logistics delay the massive rebuilding efforts needed, the basic tarpaulin shelters received by the majority of those made homeless is proving little match for heavy rains and the impending hurricane season.
Three months on from one of the worst disasters ever witnessed, over 100,000 Haitian earthquake survivors are rebuilding their lives in ShelterBox tents.
The international disaster relief charity has now delivered over 13,000 ShelterBoxes to families who lost everything in the 7.3-magnitude quake, with each box containing a disaster relief tent to house a family of up to 10 and other items essential for survival.
As the world marks the three-month anniversary of the disaster that struck on January 12, ShelterBox is sending another 5,000 boxes of aid this month - enough for a further …
International disaster relief charity ShelterBox has delivered 250 boxes of aid to Jacmel in the south of Haiti.
ShelterBox Response Team members Tom Newman (UK) and Greg Rogers (UK) travelled to the area last week to ensure the effective distribution of the ShelterBoxes to people in desperate need of emergency shelter.
The charity's Head of Operations, John Leach, said: 'We are continuing to spread our net beyond Port au Prince. Last week a newly arrived two man team comprising Greg Rogers and Tom Newman headed south to Jacmel.
ShelterBox is continuing its vital work responding to disasters around the world while carrying on with its massive aid delivery to Haiti.
This week the international disaster relief charity is sending another 1,200 ShelterBoxes to Port au Prince, providing emergency shelter for up to 12,000 people.
Thousands of people left homeless by the devastating Haiti earthquake are due to start moving into a camp with hundreds of ShelterBox tents this week.
Situated near to the US Embassy in Port au Prince, the encampment named Congress Camp will house thousands of refugees from the centre of the city allowing them to stay close to their communities and carry on with their daily lives.
ShelterBox's Response Team (SRT) in Port au Prince has been working around the clock to help set up the camp with hundreds of disaster relief tents, each of which can house an extended family of up to …
Families with newborn babies and pregnant women have been given emergency shelter by the ShelterBox Response Team operating in Haiti.
The Response Team have set up a ShelterBox camp for up to 1,000 people on the Henfrasa sports field in Delmas, Port au Prince, Haiti, providing emergency shelter for the most in need and the most vulnerable.
ShelterBox Response Team member and General Manager Lasse Petersen said: 'We agreed with the local community that the initial tent allocation would be for families with pregnant women and families with newborns.
'We're prioritising …
Nearly 100 tonnes of additional aid is being flown to Haiti this week as thousands of people who lost their homes in the devastating earthquake are being given the chance to start rebuilding their lives in ShelterBox tents.
Emergency shelter for more than 20,000 people is now in Port au Prince and surrounding areas with small camps already set up in Delmas, Petio-Ville, Carrefour and Leogane.
Hundreds more ShelterBoxes containing disaster relief tents and other life-saving supplies are being sent to the city from Miami, Curucao and France, meaning another 11,000 people will be given …
ShelterBox tents are being used by hospitals in Port au Prince to provide emergency shelter for post surgery patients in Haiti's capital.
The first boxes of aid from the international disaster relief charity to arrive in the country have been immediately utilised by doctors in desperate need of equipment to help treat huge numbers of injured Haitians.
The ShelterBox Response Team in Haiti have been faced with challenging circumstances since they arrived in the country on Thursday with food, water and fuel shortages.
The first ShelterBoxes have arrived in Port au Prince and hundreds more are due to arrive later today.
The ShelterBox Response Team of David Eby (US), Wayne Robinson (US) and Mark Pearson (UK), who have been in Haiti's capital since Thursday, took delivery of the first ShelterBoxes at Port au Prince airport yesterday.
The team say twelve of these boxes will be used to build an emergency field hospital at the airport.
'We are helping build a field hospital with these tents at the airport,' said Mark Pearson.
Forty tonnes of emergency aid is being flown to Haiti from Newquay Cornwall Airport as ShelterBox's massive aid operation to the earthquake-stricken country continues.
Enough emergency shelter for 7,000 people will be loaded onto a chartered Airbus A300 today, Wednesday, January 20, to be flown directly to Port au Prince Airport or nearby Santa Domingo to be transferred immediately to the devastated island.
The first aid from the international disaster relief charity arrived in Port au Prince on Monday with hundreds more ShelterBoxes scheduled to have landed on a chartered flight …
ShelterBox has established three separate operational centers in and around Haiti to help distribute assistance to the estimated one million people left homeless by the devastating 12 January earthquake.
The three-person ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) in Haiti has set up an operations base in the capital Port au Prince with the assistance of local Rotarians to co-ordinate the delivery of aid in the country.
International disaster relief charity ShelterBox has now pledged emergency shelter provision for more than 30,000 people with more due to follow but the logistical nightmare in Port au Prince continues.
1,700 ShelterBoxes have already been dispatched and a further 1,600 will leave from the UK this week directly for Port au Prince, Haiti. Warehouse volunteers in the UK have worked tirelessly packing the boxes. 3,300 have already been pledged to Haiti with more to follow.
More than 200 ShelterBoxes filled with disaster relief tents and emergency supplies are set to arrive in Port au Prince, Haiti later today.
256 ShelterBoxes that were dispatched from the prepositioned stock in Curacoa on Wednesday are due to touch down in Haiti late this afternoon, Haitian time, providing the plane they are on is cleared to land.
Aid workers for the international disaster relief charity ShelterBox are on the ground in Port au Prince, Haiti.
ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members Dave Eby (US), Wayne Robinson (US) and Mark Pearson (UK) arrived in the island's capital on Thursday, January 14 and have already been in contact with government officials, ACTED and Rotarians in the country.
The Response Team, who are completely self-sufficient, has set up base with the help of a Haitian Rotarian.
Speaking from Port au Prince, David Eby said: 'We're working hard to resolve security, logistics and …
Tens of thousands dead, even more left homeless and scenes of chaos; this is the picture coming out of the Caribbean island of Haiti.
The catastrophe continues to unfold and ShelterBox are working round the clock to ensure emergency shelter reaches the island as quickly as possible.