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Earthquake in Haiti

20 August 2021
Plan International's statement on the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14, 2021

Eulalia Scutt, directora en funciones de Plan Internacional en Haití, ha declarado:

We are very concerned about the impact of this earthquake. Houses and other buildings have been destroyed in wide swaths of the Grande-Anse, Nippes and Sud departments. A full picture of the damage is not yet available, but communities are in a high state of anxiety.

This catastrophe comes at a time when Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the Americas, was already facing an extremely fragile political situation, with health services stretched to the limit by COVID-19 and widespread hunger as a result of rising food prices. We are very concerned about the toll that a new crisis will take on girls and their families.

There is a limit to what communities can bear, and it is important that we ensure that children receive emotional support.  Child protection services and emotional support for children must be a priority. Our experience shows that children, especially girls, women and the poorest families are the most affected in these crisis contexts.

Plan International, which has worked in Haiti for many years, has experienced staff in the country. We have put additional staff on standby to complement the efforts of our teams on the ground in Haiti. We are monitoring the situation and working urgently to assess needs, and are ready to provide support.

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Horacio Garcete, Regional Communications Manager
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