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)
Contact: Therese Gales, 800-875-7060; ThereseG@archq.org
Minneapolis, MN (October 25, 2010)-More than 250 people have died after a cholera outbreak struck central Haiti. American Refugee Committee relief teams are working around-the-clock to make sure that the disease does not spread to the nearly 1.3 million people living in more densely populated camps in Port-au-Prince.
"For many months we have been conducting campaigns to promote safe hygiene practices and to stop the spread of disease in the four main camps where we are …
Four plane loads of emergency medical and shelter supplies arrived yesterday and today in Port-au-Prince. This morning, we started distributing FEMA-grade tarps at Terraine D'Acra settlement and will continue until all 5,000 people there have shelter.
Terraine D'Acra is an area of the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince. We have been working closely with local leaders to coordinate our response.
We also opened a health clinic at the settlement today.
The American Refugee Committee medical team began arriving in Haiti over the weekend. They immediately got to work, helping care for over 150 patients at a makeshift field hospital. It is being run out of an orphanage called Love the Child in Fond Parisien, near the Dominican Republic border.
The doctor in charge of patient care had been working 24/7 since the earthquake. Our doctors were able to relieve him so he could get some much-needed rest.
They are providing crucial follow-up care for people who have had amputations and other operations.
The American Refugee Committee's emergency response team is on the ground in Haiti, bringing relief to some of the millions who were devastated by last week's earthquake. We've flown in experts from all over the world in health, sanitation, water, protection, security, and logistics. They are working around the clock to reach as many people as possible, as quickly and effectively as possible. We are working on the Dominican Republic border, where many have fled, and in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince. It was home to 450,000 people and has been completely destroyed.
Minneapolis, MN (13 January 2010)-On Tuesday, a major earthquake struck the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. Thousands of people have died, and many more have lost their homes.
The American Refugee Committee is deploying an emergency response team that will arrive in Port-au-Prince by Thursday morning. Senior Director of Programs Monte Achenbach, who previously lived and worked in Haiti, will lead the team's efforts on the ground. Top priorities include assessing the situation on the ground and planning a coordinated response in conjunction with other relief organizations.