Press Release

The Government of the Republic of Haiti hosts an International Event to Finance the Reconstruction and Recovery of the Southern Peninsula

09 February 2022

Reconstruction and Recovery of the Southern Peninsula

Caption: Photo of the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck southwestern Haiti
Photo: © UNFPA Haiti_Ralph Tedy Erol

The Government of the Republic of Haiti, with the support of the United Nations, is convening a conference to bring together the international community to support the reconstruction and recovery of the south of the country, which was heavily damaged by the earthquake of August 14, 2021.

This event will be held on February 16, 2022, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, at the Karibe Hotel Convention Center, in-person and by video conference for representatives of Member States who are unable to travel.  The Government will present its Integrated Recovery Plan for the Southern Peninsula (PRIPS) at this meeting.

On August 14, 2021, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake caused widespread death and destruction in the departments of Nippes, Grand'Anse, and Sud. Some 2,246 people died, more than 12,500 were injured and up to 800,000 people were directly impacted. More than 130,000 homes were destroyed or severely damaged and critical infrastructure, including roads and bridges, was destroyed. A total of 1,250 schools were damaged, affecting over 300,000 students; 97 hospitals and health centers were also impacted.

In November, the Government released its Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), which costs the reconstruction and recovery process at $1.978 billion. The largest needs are in social sectors such as housing ($1.027 billion), education ($401 million), food security ($54.5 million), and health ($31.9 million).

Transportation infrastructure needs have been estimated at $142 million, while water and sanitation will require $10.9 million. The PDNA also provides estimated costs for the agricultural sector ($41 million), trade and industry and financial services ($104.4 million), and tourism ($51.7 million).

Disaster risk reduction efforts will require $11.79 million and the environment sector $81.9 million.

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For more information contact

Mr. Paul Villefranche, Ministry of Culture and Communication, +509 37218588

Mr. Daniel Dickinson, United Nations, WhatsApp +1 646 639 2339,

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