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)
Press Release # 1
Issued on: Thursday January 12, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
“Haiti Quake- Two Years Later”
The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) donated relief supplies valued at over $100,000 to the Haiti-Jamaica Society/ Friends of Haiti, Wednesday (April 14), to assist the rehabilitation efforts in the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony at the offices of Nationwide Radio FM, Kingston, JUTC Corporate Communications Manager, Reginald Allen, noted that while the earthquake occurred three months ago, the needs of the Haitians continue.
The supplies donated by the JUTC consisted of clothes, shoes, toiletries and accessories, among other …
The Government is sticking to its commitment not to turn back Haitians landing on Jamaican shores, in the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake, but has emphasised that the country cannot afford to keep them here for extended periods.
Addressing a press conference today (March 25), regarding the arrival of Haitians on the island on March 23, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Information, Telecommunication and Special Projects, Hon.
TORONTO (JIS): Monday, January 25, 2010
The Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation and Madeline's Restaurant in Toronto, Canada, have raised more than C$12,000 for earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
This amount should eventually become C$24,000, as the Canadian government has announced that it will match funds collected by charitable organisations for Haiti.
In seven days, the Foundation was able to organise a sold-out fundraising dinner at Madeline's in downtown Toronto, last week, for the people of Haiti, who have been suffering since the 7.0 earthquake devastated the country on …
Secretary General of CARICOM, Dr. Edwin Carrington, has said that several member states have expressed a willingness to accommodate Haitians, who might seek refuge from the devastation caused by the January 12 earthquake.
Already, Jamaica is making preparations to accept Haitians, who may arrive on its shores, and Dr.
An emergency centre has been established at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), 2-4 Haining Road, New Kingston, to coordinate relief assistance generated locally for Haiti.
Speaking at a media briefing at Jamaica House on Friday (January15), Minister with responsibility for Information, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said that ODPEM would be responsible for streamlining all forms of assistance that would be forthcoming, to ensure that delivery and dispatch is smooth.
"They will advise you how best to get it to Haiti, and what to do with it.
The Government has suspended all aviation fees associated with Haiti relief until further notice.
At a press conference at Jamaica House on January 15, Minister with responsibility for Information, Daryl Vaz, said that Prime Minister Bruce Golding had approved this measure as airports on the island of Hispaniola were operating at capacity.
"We have gone further to indicate that all of those planes that are stationary in Haiti now...we are inviting them to come to Jamaica and use our facilities to park them until such time as they are needed again as that will relieve congestion …
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding, will lead a delegation, which will include the Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson Miller, to Haiti today (Jan. 14).
The delegation will assess the nature of immediate assistance, which can be rendered by Jamaica in conjunction with international partners following the January 12 earthquake, which has devastated the island.
Yesterday (Jan.13), Mr.
The Government of Jamaica has responded quickly to the earthquake disaster in Caribbean neighbour Haiti and is mobilising relief supplies to send to the country.
Contributions from the private sector as well as supplies from the Office of Disaster Preparedness (ODPEM) will also be sent to Haiti today (Jan.13).
Prime Minister, Hon.
The Jamaica Defence Force will within the next 24 hours deploy a County Class Vessel with a Company Group of soldiers comprising one hundred and fifty (150) medical, engineering, infantry and logistics personnel as part of emergency rescue and relief efforts in Haiti.
Personnel from the Jamaica Constabulary Force will also be included in this contingent.
The contingent will take it, emergency supplies, including water, food and medicine.
In the meantime, contact has been made with all JCF personnel who are currently assigned duties in Haiti.
Those who are located in Port Au …