OCHA / HAITI HUMANITARIAN

25-Aug-2021 00:03:58
Humanitarian needs are rapidly growing in the aftermath of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck south-west Haiti on 14 August 2021. During a visit to the affected areas, a top UN Humanitarian official said, “Everyone seems to have lost someone,” adding in, “We do need funding desperately, and we're launching an appeal for 180 million dollars that will be targeting half a million most vulnerable people.” OCHA
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 24 AUGUST 2021, MANICHE, SUD HAITI
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1.Various shots, Ramesh Rajasingham traveling by helicopter from Port-au-Prince to Les Cayes
2. Various shots of road travels from Les Cayes to Maniche, one of the towns hardest-hit by the 14 August earthquake
3.Tracking shots, rubble in the town of Maniche
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramesh Rajasingham, Acting Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, OCHA:
“Everyone seems to have lost someone. But you also see that people are responsible for saving the lives of their family members, of their friends in the neighborhood who are buried under the rubble. So they've been amazingly resilient in supporting themselves. However, there is a limit to that resilience, because, as you can see, it is a poor community and Haiti has suffered disaster after disaster, year after year.”
5. Various shots, Ramesh Rajasingham talking with Maniche residents
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramesh Rajasingham, Acting Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, OCHA:
“We do need funding desperately, and we're launching an appeal for 180 million dollars that will be targeting half a million most vulnerable people - more people need assistance, but we're targeting the most vulnerable.”
7. Various shots, Ramesh Rajasingham with mayor of Maniche Jean David Brinard
8. Various shots, Mayor Brinard shows the destruction at the local high-school
9. Various shots, devastation of the classrooms
10. Wide shot, exterior, school
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramesh Rajasingham, Acting Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, OCHA:
“The local community has managed to mobilize what scarce resources they have for - to clear the rubble. Obviously, together with government agencies, where they also have resource, the capacity to clear the rubble, to save lives, etc. But there's no rebuilding going on. People are still displaced.”
12. Various shots, residents among the rubble
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramesh Rajasingham, Acting Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, OCHA:
“They certainly need health support and access to health. The health centers need to be fixed. The capacity needs to be repaired and the need immediate emergency support on health and health kits.”
14. Various shots, aid workers unloading health supplies from helicopter
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramesh Rajasingham, Acting Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, OCHA:
“There are already before the earthquake, 4.4 million people who were food insecure in Haiti, that's just been further compounded and exacerbated by the earthquake. So food is imperative, much more than it was before, you know.”
STORYLINE
Humanitarian needs are rapidly growing in the aftermath of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck south-west Haiti on 14 August 2021. During a visit Tuesday (24 Aug) to the affected areas, a top UN Humanitarian official said, “Everyone seems to have lost someone.”

The UN Acting Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ramesh Rajasingham added, “But you also see that people are responsible for saving the lives of their family members, of their friends in the neighborhood who are buried under the rubble. So they've been amazingly resilient in supporting themselves. However, there is a limit to that resilience, because, as you can see, it is a poor community and Haiti has suffered disaster after disaster, year after year.”

He said, “We do need funding desperately, and we're launching an appeal for 180 million dollars that will be targeting half a million most vulnerable people - more people need assistance, but we're targeting the most vulnerable.”

The earthquake's devastating impact, while considered less catastrophic than the 2010 earthquake that left more than 220,000 people dead and 1.5 million injured, was later compounded with heavy rains from tropical depression Grace on 17 August.

Overall, official reports indicate more than 2,200 deaths and more than 12,000 people injured. The consecutive impacts damaged or destroyed more than 130,000 homes, rendering thousands homeless and in urgent need of assistance.

Rajasingham said, “The local community has managed to mobilize what scarce resources they have for - to clear the rubble. Obviously, together with government agencies, where they also have resource, the capacity to clear the rubble, to save lives, etc. But there's no there's no rebuilding going on. People are still displaced.”

The humanitarian coordinator also said, “They certainly need health support and access to health. The health centers need to be fixed. The capacity needs to be repaired and the need immediate emergency support on health and health kits.”

The earthquake’s various impacts are exacerbating pre-existing needs for thousands. The Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) 2021 for Haiti identified more than 610,000 people in the three most affected departments with acute humanitarian needs prior to the earthquake. Of these, 350,000 suffer from extreme and catastrophic levels of needs.

Rajasingham noted that there were already “before the earthquake, 4.4 million people who were food insecure in Haiti, that's just been further compounded and exacerbated by the earthquake. So food is imperative, much more than it was before.”

Additionally, these disasters come as Haiti continues to reel from the 7 July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and the escalation of gang violence that has affected 1.5 million people and displaced 19,000 people since June.

The combined effects of these disasters, pre-existing needs, an ongoing political crisis, socio-economic challenges and increasing violence are significantly worsening an already complex humanitarian scenario.
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