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)
Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of emergencies in the region.
The 2015 International Annual Report describes how SOS Children’s Villages around the world supported children and strengthened families and communities in 2015 through community-integrated responses in care, education, health and emergency services.
The 573 SOS Children’s Villages around the world in 2015 are described as ‘care and protection hubs’ for their local communities, as they provided a range of locally-tailored services to support vulnerable children.
La Oficina de la ONU para la Coordinación de Asuntos Humanitarios (OCHA) está pidiendo a la comunidad de donantes no olvidarse de las necesidades humanitarias que tienen varios países latinoamericanos, a pesar de las tensiones creadas por los conflictos actuales y las graves crisis que han provocado.
18 de febrero, 2016 — El director de Operaciones de la Oficina de la ONU para la Coordinación de Asuntos Humanitarios (OCHA) solicitó hoy a la comunidad internacional no olvidarse de crisis devastadoras que tienen lugar en varios países de América Latina y el Caribe.
En declaraciones a la prensa tras una gira por Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador y Haití, John Ging afirmó que pudo constatar las penurias que padecen millones de personas.
Syria: Violence is ongoing across the country, with further government bombardments in the southeastern governorates of Damascus and Dara’a. To date, an estimated 2.5 million people have crossed into neighbouring countries, while 6.5 million are now internally displaced. In a separate development, the UN Security Council adopted a non-binding resolution to boost humanitarian access to Syria as increasing security incidents at the Turkish border threaten to compromise access to the north of the country.
Snapshot 28 January – 04 February
NICARAGUA: More than 20 communities in RAAN were isolated due to floods and river flooding.
BOLIVIA: Authorities in Cochabamba, Potosí, Beni and La Paz are on alert. Rains have affected more than 1,000 persons.
BRASIL: Some 20,000 have been affected in the state of Espíritu Santo. 5 people have died.
NICARAGUA: Más de 20 comunidades de la RAAN quedaron aisladas debido a inundaciones y desborde de ríos.
BOLIVIA: Las Autoridades en Cochabamba, Potosí, Beni y La Paz en alerta. Las lluvias han afectado a más de 1,000 personas.
BRASIL: Unas 20,000 personas están afectadas en el estado de espíritu Santo. 5 personas han muerto.
Snapshot 12 – 19 November
Snapshot 08 – 15 October
In Syria, heavy fighting is ongoing in Rural Damascus, Dar’a, Aleppo, Idleb and Homs, with government forces making gains in Rural Damascus while the opposition has won ground in Dar’a. Despite the call of al-Qaeda’s leader for opposition fighters to unite, inter-group fighting has escalated in Aleppo over control for neighbourhoods. Meanwhile, the Syrian National Council announced that it did not intend to participate in the proposed Geneva II peace talks.
6.8 million people are in need in of humanitarian assistance in Syria and the UNHCR has defined the crisis as the worst humanitarian disaster since the end of the cold war. 4.25 million people are displaced and over 1.3 million people have fled into neighbouring countries. Fierce fighting continues across the country and cross-border shelling into Lebanon has intensified over the last days.
Heavy fighting continued throughout Syria, with shelling reported from all but two of the Governorates in the country. The violence in densely populated places, including Aleppo, Homs, Deir-ez-Zor, Idleb and central Damascus remained intense. More than 400,000 people have fled Syria since 1 January, bringing the total number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries to around 1.32 million as of 14 April, according to UNHCR.
Stamford, Conn. – June 1, 2012 – AmeriCares is launching two new disaster preparedness initiatives today, the official start of the 2012 hurricane season in the Atlantic, to help prepare families in hurricane-prone communities throughout the United States and Latin America. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting nine to 15 named storms over the next six months, including four to eight hurricanes.
One Little Life at a Time: Emergency Response in the Horn of Africa
In 2011, people in the Horn of Africa asked only one question: When will the rains return?
After two years of drought, 13 million people (half of them children) are still hungry and at risk of malnutrition—or worse. Families now depend on humanitarian aid to survive, many sheltered in the camps on the borders of Ethiopia and Kenya.
Haiti is still facing important humanitarian needs with more than 490,000 people living in camps, a cholera epidemic that so far claimed the lives of 7,040 people and a situation of food insecurity affecting more than 45 per cent of the population.
An other risk factor is Haiti’s high level of vulnerability to natural disasters, particularly during the rain and hurricane season from April to November.
Legacy of Care - 20 years of Medical Training in Emerging Nations
Le Major Général Luiz Guilherme Paul Cruz, après 12 mois à la tête de la Force de la MINUSTAH, s'apprête à passer le commandement à son successeur, le Major Général Luiz Eduardo Ramos Baptista Pereira. Mais avant de quitter le pays, le Général Cruz a passé en revue, lors d'une interview, les actions de la composante militaire durant son mandat. Acquis, défis et perspectives. Ci-dessous l'interview dans son intégralité.
Question : Vous êtes arrivé au terme de votre mission en Haïti.
A year after the earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010, tens of thousands of buildings still lie in ruins, and Haiti is in the grip of cholera and electoral uncertainty. ICRC Haiti delegation head Riccardo Conti talks about what has been happening and explains what aid workers are doing to meet the ever-increasing needs.
Riccardo, you were in Haiti when the earthquake struck. How do you feel, one year later?
What impresses me most is the incredible resilience of the Haitian people.
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Bilan d'ACTED en Haïti et état des lieux de la reconstruction
Le 12 janvier dernier, Haïti était frappé par un tremblement de terre sans précédent qui a fait des centaines de milliers de victimes et laissé quelque 3 millions de sinistrés.
A COUNTRY AT A CROSSROADS
In any emergency, children are always the most vulnerable. This has been particularly true for children in Haiti since January 12, 2010, when the devastating 7.0 earthquake reduced buildings to rubble, destroyed much of the nation's fragile infrastructure and extinguished the lives of 230,000 people.