Press Release

Reconstruction and recovery of earthquake-affected south of Haiti needs to accelerate

17 August 2022

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 17 August 2022

Caption: Ulrika Richardson (centre) visits the Ecole Nationale de Miserne in Les Cayes
Photo: © UNOCHA/Christian Cricboom

The reconstruction and recovery of the south of Haiti which was devastated by an earthquake in August last year needs to accelerate according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, the organization’s most senior humanitarian official in the country.

Speaking at the end of a two-day joint-UN trip to the earthquake-affected south of the country, Ulrika Richardson paid tribute to those people who lost their lives while encouraging more to be done to support the Government’s integrated reconstruction and recovery plan for the south, known as PRIPS to allow for the urgent transition from humanitarian aid to reconstruction and recovery.

“The reconstruction and recovery of the southern peninsula of Haiti needs to accelerate to allow the population full access to permanent housing, social services and to revitalize the local economy.,” said Ms Richardson. “The Government produced the 5-year PRIPS reconstruction and recovery plan in February this year. This plan needs now to be operationalized at the local level. The UN will continue to engage with technical and financial partners to support the implementation of the plan.

“This plan should also strengthen resilience to future shocks and to the growing food insecurity that currently in on the rise,” she added “as the economic situation continues to deteriorate and threaten the livelihoods of the mainly rural population.”

Ms Richardson added as part of the recovery process it was important that communication between the capital, Port-au-Prince and the south, which has been blocked due to insecurity, is opened, so that “people, materials and commerce can flow in both directions, supporting the future livelihoods and prosperity of people living in the south.”  

Some 2,250 people died and around 12,800 were injured in the earthquake which struck the southern peninsula of Haiti on 14 August 2021. Thousands of homes, schools and hospitals as well as key infrastructure such as roads and bridges were damaged or destroyed.

Of the 500,000 people targeted by the Government with support from the UN and local partners, at least 484,000, or nearly 97%, have received some form of assistance. One year after the earthquake, most of the 35,000 displaced people have been rehoused or returned home and the majority of the 340,000 children whose education was interrupted are now back at school, although many are not studying under adequate conditions.

For more information contact:  Daniel Dickinson, Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator:

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