August 14 2021 Haiti Earthquake

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A damaged building in Haiti

USAID is deploying a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to lead the U.S. government’s response efforts.

This elite team, comprising disaster experts from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, is assessing the damage, identifying priority needs, and coordinating with humanitarian partners. The DART is also coordinating with the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, as well as other U.S. agencies in the region.

In addition to mobilizing the DART, USAID staff based in the region and Washington, D.C. are monitoring the situation closely, as well as any potential impacts from Tropical Storm Grace which is approaching Haiti.

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Last updated: September 03, 2021

August 27, 2021

Administrator Power visits affected communities in southwestern Haiti, announcing $32 million in humanitarian assistance in response to the earthquake. JTF-Haiti—including the USCG—conducts 413 missions, assisting nearly 460 people and transporting approximately 206,000 pounds of relief commodities to affected areas. The UN releases a Flash Appeal for Haiti, requesting more than $187 million to provide humanitarian assistance to approximately 500,000 earthquake-affected people. DART USAR experts demobilize and return to the United States, as the DART transitions from rescue to recovery efforts and scales up humanitarian assistance operations.

August 26, 2021

On August 26, Administrator Samantha Power traveled to Haiti, where USAID is leading the United States government response to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck on August 14. While in Haiti, Administrator Power met with Haitians impacted by the disaster as well as Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry and other Haitian government officials. She also met with those contributing to the U.S. response on the ground, including the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), members of the US military, and USAID staff based in Haiti. During her visit Administrator Power emphasized the United States’ commitment to supporting the people of Haiti during their time of need and announced $32 million in new humanitarian assistance from USAID to support earthquake response efforts.

August 26, 2021

On August 14, 2021, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southwestern Haiti, approximately 80 miles west of the capital Port-au-Prince. Within hours, USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to lead the U.S. Government’s response, search for survivors, assess needs, and provide lifesaving assistance.

August 26, 2021

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $32 million in humanitarian assistance for Haiti as the Agency continues to lead the U.S. government response to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14.

August 26, 2021

Today, we had the chance to witness the impact of the earthquake and the response firsthand. First, we flew over the affected terrain and just to see the mountains and the narrow roads, many of which were damaged or blocked with landslides is to be reminded of the challenge of accessing many, many parts of the affected area. We stopped in Maniche and spoke with families who have been devastated by the earthquake. According to the Mayor of Maniche, of the nine thousand eight hundred homes in that area, more than 5000 were destroyed. We saw a school that had been completely flattened, putting at risk the start of the school year, of course, for hundreds of children. We saw a health clinic that had been partially damaged and is now overwhelmed by need. And we met with families who are in dire need of shelter. The needs that we encountered in Maniche, as you well know, are being experienced by many, many families and citizens of this country.