A hotel owner and friend, stand in front of the now crumbled hotel building, several people inside died or suffered severe injury. Haiti Photo: Makayla Palazzo / Concern WorldwideA hotel owner and friend, stand in front of the now crumbled hotel building, several people inside died or suffered severe injury. Haiti Photo: Makayla Palazzo / Concern Worldwide

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. 

Over 2,200 people have lost their lives and more than 12,200 have been injured since two earthquakes of 7.2 and 6.6 magnitude struck on the morning of Saturday, August 14.  It is feared that casualties will rise as search-and-rescue efforts continue.

The earthquakes hit 125km west of capital Port-au-Prince, affecting 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 and it is estimated that some 650,000 people are in need of emergency assistance. 

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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. 

Concern team preapre to leave for Les Cayes, where there will assess the supports needed following the earthquake. Haiti Photo: Makayla Palazzo
Concern team preapre to leave for Les Cayes, where there will assess the supports needed following the earthquake. Haiti Photo: Makayla Palazzo
A hotel owner and friend, stand in front of the now crumbled hotel building, several people inside died or suffered severe injury. Haiti Photo: Makayla Palazzo
A hotel owner and friend, stand in front of the now crumbled hotel building, several people inside died or suffered severe injury. Haiti Photo: Makayla Palazzo
Concern team prepare to leave for Les Cayes, where there will assess the supports needed following the earthquake. Haiti Photo: Makayla Palazzo
Concern team prepare to leave for Les Cayes, where there will assess the supports needed following the earthquake. Haiti Photo: Makayla Palazzo

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.

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

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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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