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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Haiti

25 Aug 2021


Damage in Maniche, Haiti, caused by the 14 August earthquake. © OCHA/Matteo Minasi

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 25 August 2021


Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator a.i. Ramesh Rajasingham earlier this morning launched a Flash Appeal for Haiti, in the capital, Port-au-Prince, to address the urgent needs of Haitians affected by the 14 August earthquake and Tropical Depression Grace.

The appeal requests just over US$187 million to urgently provide shelter, water and sanitation, emergency health care, food, protection and early recovery assistance to the most vulnerable 500,000 Haitian women, girls, boys and men.

This includes health assistance for 225,000 people, among them 28,000 pregnant women and 1,200 people with disabilities; emergency food support to 310,000 people; nutrition support to 168,000 children under five; education support to 100,000 children; water and sanitation assistance to half a million people; and shelter to almost 400,000 people. 

Despite being less catastrophic than the 2010 earthquake, which left more than 220,000 people dead and 1.5 million injured, the impact of the 14 August earthquake has been devastating. 

The death toll has surpassed 2,200, with more than 12,200 people injured. Almost 53,000 homes have been destroyed and more than 77,000 have sustained damage. About 800,000 people have been affected and an estimated 650,000 people – 40 per cent of the 1.6 million people living in the affected departments – need emergency humanitarian assistance.

Mr. Rajasingham and the Humanitarian Coordinator for Haiti, Bruno Lemarquis, will be speaking tomorrow at the noon briefing from Port-au-Prince.