Haiti: Earthquake Emergency appeal no. MDRHT008

Situation Report
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GLIDE EQ-2010-000009-HTI

This Preliminary Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 10,199,465 (USD 10m or EUR 6.8m) in cash, kind, or services to support the Haitian National Red Cross Society (HNRCS) to assist 20,000 families (some 100,000 beneficiaries) for nine months.

The operation will be completed by 13 October 2010. A Final Report will be made available by 13 January 2011 (three months after the end of the operation).

CHF 500,000 (USD 491,265 or EUR 338,880) was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to jump start response activities and mobilization of Federation personnel. Un-earmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.

Summary: An earthquake of a magnitude of 7 (Mw) (reference: United States Geological Survey), struck the Haitian coast on 12 January at 17:00 hours rocking the capital and generating a tsunami alert in Haiti and neighbouring countries. The epicentre was located 22 kilometres from the capital, Port-au-Prince and 15 kilometres from the closest towns. A series of aftershocks have been felt, the strongest measuring 5.9 and 5.5 respectively.

Based on the situation and information available at this time, this Preliminary Emergency Appeal responds to a request from the Haitian National Red Cross Society for immediate support to deliver lifesaving assistance in the following sectors: non-food relief items, shelter, emergency health and water and sanitation. Limited damage, needs and loss assessment data is currently available although the catastrophic impact of the disaster is evident and the response operation is expected to quickly increase in volume and intensity on the basis of further assessments over the coming days.