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)
In the aftermath of Haiti's devastating earthquake, five years ago, the country learnt one of the most important ways to keep people alive and healthy: get them to wash their hands. Often and thoroughly.
The earthquake, which reduced Haiti's capital to rubble on 12 January 2010, killed more than 230,000 people and left 1.5 million without a home.
While the international community rushed to assist, no one was prepared for the deadly cholera epidemic that followed.
Haiti's main physical rehabilitation centre will open its doors today for the first time since it was seriously damaged in the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and left 1.5 million people homeless.
In Port-au-Prince for the opening, David Brown, leader of the Australian Red Cross International Disability Forum, said the centre had been rebuilt with more than $2 million in support from the global Red Cross Movement, including $700,000 from Australian Red Cross.
Australian Red Cross aid workers will be helping out across the globe in disaster, conflict and development zones this festive season.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 20, 2011
Peter Giugni will be setting up the ICRC's first regional office in Afghanistan's volatile Khost province. A world away from the turkey and tinsel of an Antipodean Christmas, Australian Red Cross aid workers will be helping out across the globe in disaster, conflict and development zones this festive season.
Australians have pledged nearly $400,000 through the Red Cross Haiti Earthquake 2010 Appeal in less than 24 hours.
By mid afternoon today, more than 3,000 people had made donations to the appeal, which was launched yesterday afternoon in support of Red Cross relief and recovery efforts in the devastated capital of Port au Prince and surrounds.
Donna McSkimming, Head of the International Program, said the response from Australians had been impressive and thanked the public for its generosity to date.
We know that Australians have a history of being generous in times of emergency, …
Australian Red Cross has launched an appeal to support the Haitian communities devastated by yesterday's earthquake.
The earthquake, which registered 7.3 on the Richter scale, has left thousands dead and up to three million injured, homeless or increasingly vulnerable.
Donna McSkimming, Head of International Program, said money raised by the Appeal will support emergency relief, rehabilitation and recovery activities for communities affected by the disaster.