A resident of Camp-Perrin sits outside her house which was destroyed by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti.A resident of Camp-Perrin sits outside her house which was destroyed by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti.

Haiti Earthquake Emergency Appeal

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A 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti has displaced thousands of families from their homes. They urgently need your help. 

Almost 2,100 people have lost their lives and approximately 12,200 have been injured since two earthquakes of 7.2 and 6.6 magnitude struck on the morning of Saturday, August 14.

The earthquakes hit 125km west of capital Port-au-Prince, affecting the South, Grand'Anse and Nippe departments. 

All three areas were further rocked by a number of aftershocks throughout the day and into the night, ranging from 4 – 5 on the Richter scale. 

More than 130,000, houses have been damaged or destroyed, displacing thousands of families from their homes. 

The UN says around 500,000 children now have limited or no access to shelter, safe water and food.

Local businesses have also been damaged or destroyed as has essential infrastructure such as hospitals and schools.

It is feared that casualties will rise significantly as search-and-rescue efforts continue.

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Hurricane season

The disaster comes at a very precarious time for local populations, in the middle of Hurricane season.

Tropical Depression Grace struck Haiti on Monday August 16, hampering rescue efforts by dumping 10 inches of rain in the areas most affected by the earthquakes.

Thousands of people left without shelter from the earthquakes or sleeping outdoors for fear of further aftershocks were forced to spend the night outside in the rain. 

"Countless Haitian families who have lost everything due to the earthquake are now living literally with their feet in the water due to the flooding," said Bruno Maes, the UN Children's Fund (Unicef) representative in the Caribbean country.

Woman sits on wall surrounded by the ruins of a building destroyed during the earthquake in Haiti
The earthquake destroyed Rosenite Durand's home. Photo: Lucien Junior Telasmond / Concern Worldwide
Injured young woman sits with her baby against a background of destruction from the earthquake in Haiti
Injured Daniela Jean, 12, sits with her sister. Photo: Lucien Junior Telasmond / Concern Worldwide
Two people stand in front of a tall building that has been reduced to rubble during the Haiti Earthquake on August 14 2021
This hotel building fell during the Haiti earthquake. Photo: Makayla Palazzo / Concern Worldwide
Woman stands beside clothes line full of washing to the left of her destroyed home
The earthquake destroyed Rosenite Durand's home. Photo: Lucien Junior Telasmond / Concern Worldwide
Man sweeps up debris in front of his house, which is collapsing following the earthquake in Haiti
Richard Dumond, 50, cleans his ruined home. Photo: Lucien Junior Telasmond / Concern Worldwide

Concern's response

“Shelter materials and clean water are the first priority for those now living outdoors, but sanitation needs will have to be addressed in the coming days,” said Concern’s Country Director in Haiti Kwanli Kladstrup.

We are coordinating with our partners to provide emergency shelter kits and other essential items such as plastic sheeting, blankets, soap and cooking utensils to families who have been displaced.

We are also planning to provide water, hygiene and sanitation supports as well as emergency cash transfers.

Further assistance will include provision of basic repair supplies, gender-based violence (GBV) mitigation, and community-based psychosocial support.

Man takes supplies from the boot of concern jeep vehicle in Haiti
Concern team prepares to leave for Les Cayes with aid. Photo: Makayla Palazzo / Concern Worldwide
Man wearing jacket with Concern logo observes fallen building in Haiti
This fallen building was a pharmacy and 2 apartments. Photo: Makayla Palazzo / Concern Worldwide

You can help

Displaced families urgently need your support. A donation from you today will help to provide families who have lost everything with the essential items they need to survive this crisis. 

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A resident of Camp-Perrin sits outside her house which was destroyed by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti.
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Haiti Earthquake

  • Thousands of homes have been destroyed following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti

  • Our teams are providing essential support to displaced families

  • We urgently need your help to reach more people

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