Back-to-back earthquakes kill 2, injure 50+ and damage hundreds of buildings in Haiti (videos and pictures)

On the morning of January 24, 2022, two earthquakes of M5.4 and M5.6, respectively, hit the department of Nippes, Haiti.

According to the General Directorate of Civil Protection (DGPC), two people died while 52 others were injured.

The housing and education sectors have been the most affected.

In the Sud and Nippes departments, all schools were forced to close their doors.

Some 21 students were admitted to the Sainte Thérèse Hospital in Miragoâne, including 7 who were unconscious and 3 “in a state of shock”.

Approximately 190 houses were destroyed and more than 590 were damaged.

No further damage to health institutions or any other public buildings has been reported.

PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT

2 Dead

52 People injured

834 Families in need of assistance

780+ Houses damaged or destroyed

SITUATION & RESPONSE OVERVIEW

Five months after a M7.2 quake severely affected the departments of Sud, Nippes and Grand’Anse on August 14, 2021, back-to-back aftershocks of magnitude 5.45 at 8:20 a.m. and 5.6 at 9:06 a.m. occurred on the morning of Jan. 24th.

These consecutive quakes killed two people and injured 52 others, destroying homes and triggering widespread panic, particularly among the school-age population, according to the DGPC.

In the commune of Fonds-des-Nègres, a man and a woman died after a landslide and the collapse of a wall.

More than 780 houses were damaged or destroyed, leaving 834 families, who were already living in houses rendered weak by the August 14, 2021 earthquake, homeless.

Local authorities and Civil Protection are coordinating response efforts to assist and protect the affected population.

The DGPC has deployed volunteers to the most affected communes of Petite-Rivière-de-Nippes, Fonds-des-Nègres, and Anse-à-Veau to keep the population informed and clean up damaged or destroyed homes.

Additionally, a team of volunteers has been mobilized to conduct rapid needs assessments. According to these initial assessments, the main needs identified include psycho-social support for the affected population, particularly students, temporary shelter and non-food items (hygiene and kitchen kits, among others) for affected families.

The earthquake struck just 12 days after the nation marked the 12-year anniversary of a M7 earthquake that struck Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people.

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