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EMERGENCY: HAITI IN CRISIS

On Saturday, August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. The impoverished Caribbean country is still recovering from the devastating earthquake in 2010 and now faces this latest tragedy. We urgently need your help to scale up our emergency response and save lives.

LIVES LOST AND HOMES DESTROYED

The earthquake and subsequent landslides damaged roads and bridges, hindering access for rescue operations. Public infrastructure including schools, hospitals, churches and hotels are severely damaged. Nearly 1 million people are hungry in the affected areas.

2,000

More than 2,000 fatalities

10,000

Over 10,000 injured

60,000

60,000 homes destroyed

Survivors lost everything in the earthquake. WFP is still on the ground providing critical food assistance and logistics support to meet Haiti’s immediate needs. Your support will help us reach the most vulnerable people as quickly as possible.

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See How We're Helping Haitians Recover From Disaster

The United Nations World Food Programme is providing logistics support and emergency food assistance to Haitians in need following the massive earthquake.

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Logistics Support

WFP is working with the Haitian General Directorate of Civil Protection (DGPC), providing logistics support. The WFP-led UNHAS has increased rotations to the southern regions with two to three flights per day carrying medical staff and supplies.

Photo: WFP/Aissata Conde
Prepared Stockpiles

In collaboration with USAID, WFP has 3,500 metric tons of food pre-positioned across the country to respond swiftly in case of disasters like this one. This includes rice, beans and vegetable oil that can support up to 270,000 people for one month.

Photo: WFP/Aissata Conde
Food Assistance

WFP is dispatching emergency food assistance beginning with those injured, their families and hospital staff in the areas most affected by the devastating earthquake. Since the earthquake, we have provided more than 100,000 people with food.

CRISES ON TOP OF CRISES

Natural Disasters

In the past two decades, Haiti has been rocked by severe storms, landslides, drought, earthquakes and hurricanes. The frequent natural disasters make it nearly impossible for families to grow enough food to feed themselves. On the Climate Risk Index, Haiti ranks fourth among countries most affected by extreme weather events.

Source: Learn About the Impact of Hurricane Matthew on Haiti in 2016 Photo: WFP/Bertin Meance

Coronavirus

Coronavirus cases spiked dramatically in Haiti from May into June, 2020. The pandemic worsens a regional situation where economic shocks, erratic climate, displacement and insecurity have already taken a heavy toll. In February 2021, we organized emergency food distributions in the North as part of a large scale project commissioned by the Haitian Government. The project aims to reach 735,000 people affected by COVID-19 with food rations and cash transfers.

Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas

Political Upheaval

Haiti’s ongoing political turmoil erupted in September 2019 as tens of thousands of Haitians took to the streets demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. The protests quickly turned violent and the security situation has remained precarious since. Gang violence, road blocks and political gridlock have led to a spike in hunger and made it difficult to deliver humanitarian aid.

Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas

Poverty

Haiti is the poorest country in the Latin America and Caribbean region, with nearly 60 percent of the population living in poverty. About two thirds of the poor live in rural areas. The COVID-19 crisis is putting a further strain on vulnerable families, who are bearing the brunt of price variations and currency fluctuations. Many families are unable to afford food and other necessities, like housing and health care.

Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli

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