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)
On 12 January 2010, an earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince. Thousands of people died and many buildings collapsed. In March 2013, Melville Fernandez, Group Leader of Caritas Australia’s Humanitarian Emergencies Group, caught up with Denis, a local man who now has a new house to call home.
On 12 January 2010, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck just a few miles outside the capital of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
On 12 January 2010, Haiti was rocked by its strongest earthquake in 200 years. The impact on Haitian lives and livelihoods was – and still is – staggering.
Caritas Australia raised $4.3 million to help those communities affected. The international Caritas network has made a significant impact through our immediate and long-term emergency response. Find out how we are tracking, three years on.