Haiti Earthquake Response (2021)
Emergency Relief | 2021
What damage did the 2021 earthquake cause in Haiti?
On August 14, 2021, a powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti near the town of Petit-Trou-De-Nippes in the Southwest. Over 2,200 people were killed and more than 12,000 injured, according to official reports. Though not as deadly as the catastrophic quake that struck in 2010 and claimed 220,000 lives, it was the most devastating disaster to hit Haiti in 11 years.
In total, the 2021 earthquake caused over $1.5 billion (USD) in property damages. Tropical storms immediately following the disaster created an urgent need for emergency shelter solutions in addition to ongoing emergency relief.
How did CORE help in Haiti after the 2021 earthquake?
CORE’s teams on the ground in the hardest-hit areas of Grand’Anse, Sud, and Nippes worked tirelessly to support rescue operations, emergency medical services, debris and rubble removal, provide essential resources, such as food, water, and hygiene kits, and address the critical need for emergency shelter.
We also continued providing access to COVID-19 vaccinations at sites across Haiti to protect the most vulnerable and marginalized communities amid low vaccination rates.
How is CORE supporting long-term recovery in Haiti after the 2021 earthquake?
CORE worked with local government partners to develop a long-term recovery plan as we continued supporting immediate needs of Haitians most affected by the disaster. Our local Haitian-led team removed debris from buildings, cleared and rebuilt roads, and other long-term efforts supporting the hardest-hit communities.
A year after the devastating earthquake hit Haiti, CORE’s recovery efforts continue. After working in Haiti to build sustainable communities for over a decade, our priority is to assist the Haitian government and local organizations in rebuilding and strengthening community infrastructure to mitigate the impact of future disasters.