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Haiti: EU response to devastating earthquake

On 14 August 2021, a massive earthquake struck Haiti killing more than 2,200 people and injuring more than 12,700. Powerful shakes destroyed buildings and homes, damaged vital infrastructure and disrupted water networks.

The earthquake hit the country at a time of violence and instability while still enduring the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Haiti is also going through a severe food crisis, with nearly 46% of the population in direct need of food assistance. In aid of Haiti, the EU swiftly mobilised €3 million to provide lifesaving support.

Since the early stages of the emergency, the EU's Copernicus satellite service has been activated to provide detailed maps for rescue operations and mobilised a team of 22 experts, liaison officers and technical support personnel through the Emergency Response Coordination Centre.

Thanks to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, several EU Member States provided aid to Haiti, including more than 100 emergency responders, water purification units, logistics equipment, a telecommunication model, a military vessel, shelter items and other goods.

The EU also launched 3 Humanitarian Air Bridge operations to carry aid distributed by local partners and humanitarian organisations active in Haiti.

Story by Daniele Pagani, Regional Information Officer, EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.

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