Haiti Earthquake

We’re working to support communities affected the most by the recent earthquake.

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ShelterBox sent a team in Haiti after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the country on Saturday 14 August.

Buildings were flattened and hospitals already under strain from COVID-19 were overwhelmed.

Days later, Tropical Storm Grace dumped more than a foot of rain over some of the worst affected areas.

We have partnered with Habitat for Humanity Haiti to provide the essential items that families need.

Updates from our teams in Haiti

Together with our trusted partner Habitat for Humanity Haiti, we’re providing emergency shelter aid.

This includes shelter kits like tarpaulins and fixings, thermal blankets, solar lights, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, and water carriers.

These essential aid items are being distributed now, and they will support families to rebuild after this disaster.

Our teams are also providing training and technical support with the essential aid items we are providing.

What happened in Haiti?

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the west of Haiti at 08.29 local time on Saturday 14 August. 

The epicentre was some 150km from the densely populated capital of Port-au-Prince and was felt across the Caribbean.

More than 135,000 homes were reported to be damaged or destroyed and over 2,200 fatalities were confirmed. Humanitarian assistance has begun in some of the hardest-to-reach areas to meet urgent needs.

Haiti is still recovering from the devastating earthquake in 2010 which caused extensive damage to infrastructure and the economy.

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