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)
Stone by stone: work is progressing by Sven Ramones, 2011/05/17
Even more than one year after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, numerous buildings are still severely damaged or are completely destroyed in many places. Besides our extensive programmes for medical follow-up treatment for the earthquake victims, as well as for fighting the still spreading cholera epidemic, humedica is also planning to help the population of the island state overcome the crisis by means of four large construction projects.
According to the UN Shelter and Non-Food Item Cluster report (March 9, 2010), 93,217 households remain without adequate emergency shelter. Moreover 45% of households needing tarps or tents have received them. Habitat for Humanity and humedica have decided to cooperate for the distribution of urgently needed Shelter kits which include important items such as tarpaulins, rope, nails, saws, etc. These kits allow the beneficiaries to build a flexible semi-permanent shelter, with various locally available materials such as metal roof sheets or timber.
Besides Dieter Schmidt (Nesselwang), she is the second person in charge of coordinating the aid efforts of the two medical teams humedica sent to Haiti. The current report written by Simone Winneg (Kaufbeuren) reached us just a few minutes ago. "The impressions of the past two-three days have been overwhelming, horrible on the one hand, yet also encouraging on the other."
The damage in Port-au-Prince is devastating: whole streets of houses have been wiped out in the western part of the city; multi-storey buildings, hotels and supermarkets collapsed like a house of cards.
by SRI, 2010/01/18
Practical medical help provided by experienced professionals is just one of the components of the humedica emergency aid. Our medical aid workers could do little without relief supplies like medical equipment and, above all, medication. Thanks to the support of many companies and institutions, humedica has so far been able to dispatch 100 tons of relief material to Haiti.
27,5 tons of infusion solutions and devices as well as 72,5 tons of food as, for example, baby food (provided by GAiN Germany e. V.), tents, camp beds and further medication.
by Simone Winneg/Dieter Schmidt/SRI, 2010/01/16
Yesterday (Friday) afternoon, they arrived in the disaster area: the humedica relief team of eight was exhausted from the long journey; nevertheless, the doctors immediately began treating patients. The current report given to us by our coordinators Simone Winneg and Dieter Schmidt is both sad and hopeful at the same time.
"A long yet good day draws to a close. A day of frightening first impressions and pleasant surprises.
by SRI, 2010/01/14
In these very hours on today's Thursday, 14th of January 2010, the humedica first relief team is approaching the Dominican Republic by plane. After their arrival, the eight volunteers will travel to Port-au-Prince as quickly as possible in order to assist the people in the affected area in their great need.
At about 2am on Thursday morning, the humedica-team headed off to Frankfurt am Main. After a press conference at the airport, the plane took off for Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic at about 10am.
A massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake has almost completely destroyed the capital of one of the poorest countries in the world. As is reported by several sources, hardly any building in the Haitian city of Port-au-Prince withstood the severe quakes of Tuesday evening (local time: 5 pm, CET: 11 pm).
In the early morning hours, humedica already received an official request by the Haitian ambassador in Germany, S.E.