On August 14th, at approximately 8:30am EST, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the southern peninsula of Haiti, awakening fears felt and remembered by those who survived the 2010 earthquake in which over 200,000 Haitians lost their lives.
The current death toll is currently over 2,200 people and over 50,000 homes were destroyed.
A Natural Disaster Strikes in the Midst of Crisis
The damage to homes, buildings and schools is severe, and only worsens the humanitarian crises already gripping the nation. At the time of the earthquake, the country was already suffering from food and resource shortages, political instability, and forced migration of over 15,000 people fleeing regional gang violence.
Our Partners are Already Responding
Tearfund and its local partners are on the ground providing immediate emergency assistance to the families affected, and assessing the needs for the days, weeks and months ahead.
Image Credit: Tearfund Haiti