On 12 January 2010, Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake that killed 222 750 people, injured many thousands and made 1.5 million homeless.
Since the first day of this crisis, the European Union has been helping the affected Haitians and the state: both with urgent, massive humanitarian aid and with long-term support for the country's development. Today, EU aid reaches one Haitian in every two: saving lives, providing shelter, food and medical care, rebuilding roads, schools and hospitals and supporting the authorities in the reconstruction process.
Although the focus is moving from relief aid to longer-term development support, the European Commission's humanitarian assistance continued in 2013, focusing on shelter, health services and disaster risk reduction measures. In the four years after the earthquake, the total humanitarian aid from the European Commission in Haiti exceeds €232 million.