2021 Haiti Earthquake

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A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Haiti on the 14th of August, 2021, causing damage, devastation, and destruction in the southwestern parts of the country. The epicentre was located about 125km west of the capital city of Port-au-Prince at a depth of about 10 kilometres (USGS).

Severe humanitarian access constraints and fragile security situation greatly complicate the humanitarian response in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Haitian Civil Protection General Directorate (DGPC) has stated that 137,000 families have been affected in the South, Grande'Anse, and Nippes departments. About 500,000 people – 40% of the total population in the affected departments – need emergency humanitarian assistance. In addition, more than 52,900 homes were destroyed and 77,000 damaged. Prime Minister Ariel Henry declared a one month national state of emergency. Ongoing emergency support includes the distribution of Shelter and Non-Food Items, debris removal, WASH programming, displacement tracking, and detailed damage assessments.

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January 2022


Haiti has been facing for decades recurring crises linked to socio-political and health shocks but also natural disasters and an economic crisis. These repetitive crises, including the COVID-19 crisis between 2020 and 2021, have gradually deteriorated the living conditions of the populations. On August 14, 2021, an earthquake destroyed the living conditions and means of subsistence of the populations of the departments of the South, Grand'Anse and Nippes affecting more than 800,000 people and creating a need for shelters and non-food items.

Despite the underfunding of the Shelter/NFI/CCCM sector (16.1% of US$ 30 million required), partners are working hard to reach the most vunerables affected populations. As of 31 December 2021, 92,685 households have been reached with shelter and NFI items. However, buildings damages assessments are ongoing and the coordination is working on advocacy and funding request to allow reconstruction and recovery phase.

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