About the Earthquake in Haiti
Only two days after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti, the island was hit by Tropical Depression Grace on August 16, disrupting humanitarian efforts and raising concerns about landslides and flooding.
The greatest human and material losses are reported in the areas of Grande Anse, South, and Nippes. CARE has ongoing programming in Grande Anse, where all CARE operational districts have been affected, most severely in the Jeremie and Beaumont areas.
The UN System in Haiti estimates 650,000 people are in need of emergency humanitarian assistance as a result of the earthquake, a concerning figure considering that 634,000 people across the three most affected departments (Grand’Anse, Nippes, and Sud) already needed multi-sectoral humanitarian assistance before the earthquake. More than 12,000 people have been injured, and hundreds are still missing. These figures continue to rise.
The already limited health system is increasingly more strained. Many survivors now find themselves homeless, without access to safe water and sanitation, and at greater risk of violence and abuse, including gender-based violence (GBV).
More than 52,000 homes in Le Cayes, Roseau, Jeremie, Beaumont, and Nippes have been completely destroyed, and more than 77,000 have been severely damaged. Roads, schools, clinics, and other public infrastructure have also sustained heavy damage.
While the response to urgent shelter needs is a key priority, the Government is determined to avoid the establishment of large-scale camps for internally displaced people (IDP) with a view to mitigate the health risks associated with placing tens of thousands of people in close quarters amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Government is pushing for a localized response that is at the same time equitable across all the affected areas.