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)
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Dear IHRC Board Members,
This report is submitted by the Performance and Anti-Corruption Office (PAO) of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) to the IHRC's Board of Directors (Board), at the direction of the Board's Co-Chairs.
Un an après le séisme qui a frappé Haïti, les dommages sont encore évidents. Les camps de tentes et les amas de décombres sont là pour nous rappeler la tâche monumentale qui reste à accomplir, tandis que la crise du choléra et l'ouragan Tomas ont révélé au grand jour la difficulté d'un retour à une vie normale.
Au coeur de ce défi, on observe certains signes d'espoir et de progrès. Des milliers de gens sont retournés chez eux. Des centaines de milliers d'enfants, qui constituent l'avenir du pays, sont retournés à l'école.
One year after the earthquake in Haiti, the damage is still fresh. Tent camps and uncleared rubble are reminders of the tremendous reconstruction tasks that remain, and the cholera outbreak and Hurricane Tomas have exposed the fragility of recovery.
Amid these challenges, there are signs of hope and progress. Thousands have returned to their homes.