August 14 2021 Haiti Earthquake

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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: August 24, 2021

August 24, 2021

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) continues to lead U.S. government efforts to expand relief operations by air, land, and sea to reach and respond in areas impacted by the August 14 earthquake in southwestern Haiti. Since arriving on the ground that same day, the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) has been conducting search and rescue operations, determining priority needs, and delivering assistance. The DART has reached over a dozen hard-hit communities in Grand’Anse, Nippes, and South Departments, with further missions planned to get additional aid to people as quickly as possible.

August 22, 2021

DART Leader Tim Callaghan, JTF-Haiti Commander Rear Admiral Keith Davids, and GoH DGPC Director Jerry Chandler visit affected areas in Grand’Anse and Sud. USAID DART and USAR members continue assessment and response activities in Grand’Anse’s Dame Marie commune. ITF-Haiti—including the USCG—conducts 170 missions, performing nearly 320 medical evacuations and transporting nearly 80,000 pounds of relief commodities to affected areas. WFP delivers 100 MT of USAID/BHA-funded food assistance—sufficient to meet the monthly food needs of approximately 7,550 people—from Port-au-Prince to Les Cayes.

August 20, 2021

At least 600,000 people in southwestern Haiti require humanitarian assistance as a result of the August 14 earthquake, according to the Government of Haiti. USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and Urban Search-and-Rescue (USAR) members continue to assess damages and provide assistance in Grand’Anse, Nippes, and Sud, visiting four communes on August 19. USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA) partner WFP delivers several MT of food assistance by air to Jérémie and by road to Les Cayes on August 19.

August 20, 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 20, 2021

The August 14 earthquake results in at least 2,189 deaths, injures at least 12,260 people, and damages or destroys an estimated 130,000 houses as of August 18, according to the GoH. Heavy rains and flooding caused by Tropical Storm Grace exacerbate shelter and WASH needs among earthquake-affected households. USAID/BHA partners IOM and WFP dispatch additional emergency relief commodities from Port-au-Prince to communities in southwestern Haiti on August 18. USAID/BHA releases an additional 100 MT of contingency food commodities to WFP to scale up emergency food assistance operations in southwestern Haiti.