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)
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Improving the way scientists, NGOs and policy makers work together to address natural disasters will be the focus of a one-day conference at the Royal Society in London on Wednesday, 13th of October.
Over 150 experts from the UK 'disasters community' will explore how research, policy and humanitarian sectors can combine their experience, skills and expertise to reduce the widespread loss of life and economic damage caused by natural disasters such as floods, volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.
The event is part of the UK's contribution to the United Nations Day for …
The crew of RFA Largs Bay has delivered critical aid to the Haitian municipality of Anse-à-Veau which, two months after the earthquake that devastated the country, is still inaccessible to land convoys.
Bay Class Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessel Largs Bay, with members of 17 Port and Maritime Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, and other members of her embarked military force, are now three weeks into their aid mission.
Having delivered essential supplies at Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, the ship and her crew are now hard at work redistributing World Food Programme (WFP) food and …
A Royal Air Force officer currently on exchange with the United States Air Force was one of the pilots who flew supplies into Haiti just hours after the devastating earthquake struck the island.
Hercules pilot Flight Lieutenant Calvin Bailey, normally based at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire, is on exchange to the 15th Special Operations Squadron of the United States Air Force.
Just hours after the earthquake struck the Caribbean island of Haiti a month ago, he flew medical supplies, equipment and 20 medical personnel into Haiti.
Having arrived off Haiti on Thursday, the crew from RFA Largs Bay has been busy unloading the large aid shipment it brought from the UK to help with the relief effort following the recent earthquake on the island.
The relief package provided by the Department for International Development and British and international NGOs (non-governmental organisations) includes goods purchased with donations from the British public in response to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal.
Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Steven Fisher, was at Port-au-Prince in Haiti on Friday …
The Chairman of the International Development Select Committee of the UK House of Commons, Rt Hon Malcolm Bruce MP, made the following statement.
In common with people around the world, the Committee has been shocked and distressed by the scale of suffering following the earthquake in Haiti on 12 January. We extend our deep sympathy to all those affected.
Within 24 hours of the catastrophic earthquake hitting Haiti two weeks ago, Major Stephen Foreman, a British Army officer on loan to Canadian forces, was there, working as part of the humanitarian relief effort.
Major Foreman has deployed to Haiti as part of the Canadian Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).
He is responsible for all logistic matters for the Canadian forces in response to contingency operations such as humanitarian operations and non-combatant evacuation operations.
He is constantly on 12 hours' notice to move to deploy anywhere around the …