ActionAid’s emergency teams are on the ground assessing urgent needs and preparing to respond after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck south-western Haiti at around 8.30am local time on Saturday (14 August).
Hundreds of people have been injured and fatality figures are expected to mount as local search and rescue efforts are underway.
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This earthquake was higher in magnitude than the 2010 earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of people, and aftershocks continue to be felt. The worst-affected areas are in the southern regions of the country - Jérémie and Les Cayes. There is significant damage to homes, roads and infrastructure.
The earthquake is the latest disaster to hit the country which is already affected by political instability, food insecurity, Covid-19 and the hurricane season. A one-month state of emergency has been declared by the national authorities.
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Haiti earthquake: ActionAid's response
ActionAid’s emergency response teams are on the ground in the worst affected areas of Jérémie and Les Cayes, assessing people's most urgent needs and preparing to respond.
We are aiming to assist at least 2,000 households affected by the earthquake with:
- immediate shelter and emergency food
- blankets, pillows, hygiene and dignity kits and kitchenware
- protection services for women and girls
- psychosocial support for traumatised children and their families
- cash support.
Angeline Annesteus, Country Director of ActionAid Haiti, says:
"Today brings back the trauma of the 2010 earthquake that tore Haiti apart. This deadly quake has destroyed homes and infrastructure in some of Haiti’s most vulnerable and marginalised communities.
"In Jérémie, one of the areas most affected, our team is helping with rescue efforts as families desperately try to pull loved ones from the rubble. Sadly, we expect the death toll to continue to rise.
"We are assessing people's most urgent needs and preparing to respond by providing food, temporary shelter and essential items such as blankets and hygiene kits for women and girls.
"Women and girls are already bearing the brunt of the multiple crises facing Haiti, including rising hunger, political instability and gang violence. The devastating fallout from this earthquake, could push many more families into poverty and hunger.”
Failing crops in Zimbabwe
Rumbudzai, 18, is from Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe. Her baby daughter Charmaine is almost two years old.
Rumbudzai told us she and Charmaine are able to eat only once a day because the increasingly poor rainfall pattern in Zimbabwe means their crops keep failing.
"The crops we are planting are not getting to maturity... Now the rains also come in December, we had planted, and a dry spell came, and they wilted," she said.
When Cyclone Idai rains came the crops had wilted already and we did not harvest anything.
ActionAid and our local partners have distributed food aid to 49,000 people in Manicaland Province, including Rumbudzai and Charmaine, but we need to reach many more.
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Where your money goes
90% of your donation will go directly to our Haiti Earthquake Appeal.
10% of your donation will be retained for ActionAid’s Emergency Action Fund which will only be used for ensuring we are prepared and able to respond quickly and more effectively to future emergencies and crises.
If the total amount raised for this appeal exceeds the funds needed for the response, ActionAid will transfer the remaining balance to the Emergency Action Fund. All Gift Aid claimed on donations will fund ActionAid’s work across the world, wherever the need is greatest.
Top photo: Tessa, a mother, stands in front of her ruined house in Haiti holding her daughter in her arms. Photo: Fabienne Douce/ActionAid.
Page updated 24 August 2021