The quake was felt as far away as the neighboring Dominican Republic, where two hospitals in Barahona and Santiago were affected. Today, the Pan American Health Organization is mobilizing a rapid health response team through the Dominican Republic. Neighboring countries in the region are already in the process of organizing humanitarian aid missions and assistance and search and rescue teams. The condition of the airport is being assessed to determine how quickly humanitarian aid can reach the affected area.
In 2008, Haiti was devastated by four major hurricanes/tropical storms: Faye, Gustav, Hanna and Ike, which wreaked havoc on physical and agricultural infrastructure. The storms killed almost 450 people, affected a million residents and left more than 150,000 are living in shelters.
For more information, visit PAHO's Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance site.