UNICEF Haiti Humanitarian Situation Report No. 4 (Earthquake) - 30 August 2021


Situation in Numbers

2,207 deaths

12,268 wounded

650,000 people

260,000 children

in need of humanitarian assistance.

130,000 houses partially or completely destroyed

53 health facilities partially damaged and 6 destroyed

308 schools destroyed or heavily damaged

81,000 people lost access to their drinking water source Sources: Government of Haiti/COUN, OCHA Haiti.

Estimated budget needs for the next 6 months US$ 73.3 M


• Two weeks after the 14 August 7.2 of magnitude earthquake hit the southwestern region of Haiti, more than 2,200 deaths and 12,260 injured have been reported by the Haitian Civil Protection Agency, although figures are still increasing as search and rescue efforts continue.

• Since 14 August, UNICEF has been on the ground and with partners, has reached more than 73,000 affected people with hygiene kits, medical supplies and support to hospitals, access to water and sanitation, psychological support or family reunification. Joint distributions have commenced between UNICEF, WFP and IOM, providing 3,800 families with essential supplies.

• Efforts are ongoing to ensure support also in hard-to-reach areas. UNICEF and the 3 departmental health Directorates have finalized the strategies to deploy 24 mobiles health teams during the week of 30 August 2021, in the affected areas in all departments to ensure proximity of basic care to the population.

• UNICEF is revising its 2021 Haiti Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal to include new needs following the earthquake, to be released this week.

Situation Overview

On 14 August 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the southwestern region of Haiti with major impact in South, Nippes and Grand’Anse departments, with several aftershocks also recorded. Following the earthquake, the three departments were drenched by Tropical Depression Grace, further disrupting access to water, sanitation, shelter, and other basic services. Latest figures provided by OCHA estimate the affected population within the broader area of the impact of the earthquake has reached 800,000 people, including 340,000 children.
Although figures are still increasing as search and rescue efforts continue, 2,207 deaths and 12,268 injured have been reported by the Haitian Civil Protection Agency (Wednesday, 25 August). Approximately 52,953 houses were completely destroyed and 77,006 severely damaged. At least 650,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance including 260,000 children.

Severe damage to infrastructures such as hospitals, schools, water systems, roads have left basic social services in a dire situation.
While a cease-fire seemed to have been observed in the days following the earthquake, and the humanitarian corridor is still open to allow transportation of humanitarian aid to the South, armed clashes in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area have now resumed, recalling that the country is experiencing a multi-layered humanitarian crisis combining COVID-19, Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs), a nutritional crisis and ongoing hurricane season that greatly worsens an already precarious humanitarian situation, with some 4.4 million in need of humanitarian assistance prior to the quake, including 2.2 million children.