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)
Sri Lanka committed today (22Jan) to donating 1000 kgs of tea for the relief of the victims of the earthquake in Haiti in addition to the financial pledge of US$25,000/-.
Sri Lanka made this commitment on the instructions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after the news of the earthquake which devastated Haiti on 12 January, became known.
Sri Lanka has been contributing for sometime to the peace and stability of Haiti by deploying at the request of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), a contingent of almost 1000 personnel drawn from the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Police …
A Sri Lankan Army contingent comprising 950 Security Service personnel has been deployed fully in relief work carried out in Haiti, following the devastating earthquake, which had claimed the lives of over 100,000 Haitians.
The Sri Lankan contingent is currently serving in Haiti with the UN Peace Keeping Mission.
The Sri Lankan servicemen are 15 kilometres away from the region where the natural disaster occurred, said Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara.
The Sri Lankan contingent has joined other relief teams to clear debris, carry out rescue operations, and …