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)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - With Haiti's healthcare services in worse shape than before the earthquake, ACT Alliance members in Port-au-Prince continue to support medical care for Haiti's most vulnerable. As it had done long before January 12, ACT is caring for the children.
Traumatized, ill and suffering loss of limbs, hundreds of children need round-the-clock care.
At Port-au-Prince's Aprosifa malnutrition clinic, which is supported by ACT, staff feed 15-20 children and their mothers every day.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Slowly food and water have started moving in Haiti. Aid workers have been struggling day and night to distribute goods and relief materials, as Haitians use their imagination and initiative to create new lives for themselves.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Current situation
The situation continues to be desperate for the people affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Material aid is slowly reaching them but, due to the lack of data and weak government coordination, the organization and distribution of aid is still a challenge. Some incidents of fighting for aid have been registered but they are mostly due to lack of proper organization of the distribution.
The Government has declared the search and rescue phase over. Still people continue trying to find loved ones by scratching into the rubble with rudimentary tools.
Appeal Target: US$ 19,331,559
Balance Requested: US$ 11,116,353
Geneva, 23 January 2010
An earthquake of magnitude 7.0 struck Haiti on 12 January at 16h53, with the epicenter located 15 km south-west of the capital Port-au-Prince. On 19 January, at least 70,000 people were killed, with estimates up to 200,000 people that could have been killed in total.
The earthquake caused massive damage to the city already beleaguered with staggering poverty. An estimated 60-80 percent of buildings in Port-au-Prince were destroyed.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - A water purification system, with pipes, filters and pumps that was brought from freezing cold Norway to burning hot Haiti, is providing 10,000 homeless Haitians with crystal clear drinking water.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Medical teams, experts and tonnes of food, household items and tarpaulins from ACT Alliance members and partners continue to reach Haitians made homeless.
The strength of ACT Alliance - its well-established members on the ground - is proving its worth in the devastated country.
Clement Celis was in the shower in Leogane, southwest of Port-au-Prince, when the earthquake struck. Her daughter was in the living room. "Everything was moving from side to side and there was nothing to hold to.
A strong 6.1-magnitude aftershock hit the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince yesterday, shaking residents who survived the devastating January 12 earthquake. The extent of damage is being assessed; early reports indicated some buildings had been damaged. No reports of casualties. The aftershock was centered on Gressier, a town west of the capital city.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Port-au-Prince - In the wake of Haiti's devastating earthquake, Port-au-Prince is filled with rubble and corpses. Yet amid the destruction and despair, the hope and strength of the Haitian people is undeniable. Award-winning photographer Paul Jeffrey is in Haiti on behalf of ACT Alliance.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Haiti, now in ruins after the earthquake, is receiving millions of dollars in emergency aid, but has at the same time a huge debt to the same international community. Haiti owes the world $650 million. ACT Alliance member Norwegian Church Aid is now appealing to the international community to waive this massive debt.
Half the debt is to the Inter-American Development Bank and to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Geneva, January 19, 18h00
1. Brief description of the emergency
An earthquake of magnitude 7 struck Haiti on January 12 at 17h00. At least 70,000 people were killed and have been buried, with estimates up to 200,000 people could have been killed. Among the dead is prominent ACT Alliance staff member Rev Sam Dixon (UMCOR) and Rev Clinton Rabb of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.
In the chaos of aid distribution, ACT Alliance members are managing to get food, temporary shelter, water cleaning materials and expertise to the Haitian capital.
Prospery Raymond, country manager for ACT member Christian Aid, reports that he is concerned there may not otherwise be enough food in the country to last more than a few days.
The streets are still thronged with homeless people, walking for hours to find food and water. As well as widespread destruction of homes, schools and other buildings, major damage has been done to key water, electricity and road systems.
The incoming ACT Alliance coordinator for Haiti has outlined priorities for the huge relief operation she is about to lead.
Elsa Moreno is scheduled to arrive in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, tomorrow.
Geneva, 14th January 2010
On 12 January 2010, at 16:53pm local time, an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 hit the capital city Port-au-Prince as well as the surrounding areas. It epicentre was located 20 km West of the city.
The Red Cross estimates the death toll between 45,000 to 50,000, Reuters Alertnet reports. In Port-au-Prince, it is estimated that 60 to 80% of buildings collapse. More than a million people are without shelter and no immediate prospect of accommodation in camps.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Port-au-Prince - Thousands of people in Port-au-Prince - injured, hungry and desperate - have spent days outdoor in the demolished capital of Haiti without food or shelter. Desperate Haitians have blocked streets with corpses in anger. Food is stocking up at the airport, but has not yet been distributed.
Geneva - January 14 (17h00)
More than a million people in Haiti's capital will this evening be without shelter and no immediate prospect of accommodation in camps. Between 60 and 80 percent of the houses in Port-au-Prince were brought down or are uninhabitable by Tuesday's 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
In a city that ACT Alliance members say looks like a war zone, hundreds of thousands are roaming the streets looking desperately for relatives and other loved ones.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - People buried alive when houses collapsed
Hundreds, maybe thousands, of people were buried alive when a major earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, the capital of impoverished Haiti on Tuesday. The magnitude 7.0 quake sent panic-stricken people into the streets. Offices, hotels, houses and shops collapsed, and people were screaming "Jesus, Jesus", not knowing where to run. The presidential palace lay in ruins, and many churches have been destroyed. Members of ACT Alliance are already in place, assisting those affected by the earthquake.
ACT Alliance staff members in Haiti are unaccounted for, others are scrambling to find loved ones, and still others are in shock after surviving building collapses.
Although communications from the capital Port-au-Prince is scant, ACT members working in the country and through partners are still worried about the fate of their colleagues.
"One of our staff was found alive but wounded and two are still missing," Dick Loendersloot of ACT member ICCO said in a phone conference of ACT members this evening.