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)
New Zealand provides aid for the people of Haiti
A massive global humanitarian effort is underway in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas in Haiti following the disastrous 12 January earthquake that has left over 100,000 people dead, an estimated 1 million people homeless and affected approximately 3 million people in the impoverished Caribbean nation.
A United Nations (UN) update on the international relief effort supported by the New Zealand Government's international aid and development programme (NZAID) shows the coordination of humanitarian help in Haiti is improving every …
New Zealand will make a further $1 million available to support relief and recovery efforts in Haiti, Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced today.
"New Zealanders have seen the near total destruction which this quake has caused and have been moved by the human cost of this disaster," Mr McCully said.
"The disaster has severely affected three million people, with a large number in need of urgent assistance. It is likely that the death toll will continue to climb.
"It is important that New Zealand is part of the international response, aimed at getting food, …
New Zealand is making an immediate $1 million contribution to international relief efforts following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said today.
Mr McCully said the government was also trying to organise consular assistance for New Zealanders in Haiti.
"As the enormity of this disaster emerges, the international community is rapidly mobilising to assist the people of Haiti," Mr McCully said.
"Saving lives and assisting survivors are obviously the immediate priorities.