Haiti earthquake – Two years on

The earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 was a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, with its epicentre near the town of Leogane, 25 km west of the capital city of Port-au-Prince. The earthquake occurred at 16:53 local on Tuesday, 12 January 2010.

Heres a reminder of the events of that week:

An estimated three million people were affected by the quake. It is estimated that more than 200,000 people died; 300,000 were injured and 1 million were made homeless.

Two years on from the catastrophic quake, work to recover is still happening. Nearly a million people have now left the camps which sprang up after the disaster. Almost half of the 10 million cubic metres of debris has been cleared so far.

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However, it is reported that around half a million people are still living in tents or temporary accommodation, in poor conditions.


Haiti earthquake – Six months on

The human cost of the earthquake in Haiti has been huge; millions were left hungry, their homes, schools and hospitals destroyed and their livelihoods taken away.

The earthquake – the most powerful to hit Haiti for 200 years – caused maximum impact as it hit the most densely populated area of the country.

A government assessment said the damage was all the more severe because it came after a period of relative stability, when people had begun to see their living conditions improve.

An emergency flash appeal launched by the international aid community within days of the earthquake quickly reached its $577m (£380m) target – but that target had to be revised upwards a month later when the full extent of the humanitarian operation became clear.

Find out how the people are trying to get their lives back on track and the problems that still exist for people living amongst the rubble by clicking here

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Haiti earthquake update

A week after the Haiti earthquake, a new danger is spreading through the city of Port au Prince. Looting has become a major problem with people scavenging for anything they can get their hands on. Gangs of armed looters also appear to be taking the law into their own hands as evidence emerges of people being tortured and murdered by gangs roaming the street due to the absence of security forces.

In addition, due the damage to the main prison on the island, 5000 prisoners including drug barons and murders have escaped custody and are now free.

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