Earthquake in Haiti
January 12, 2010, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 hit Haiti. Earthquake caused a lot of damage in Port-Au-prince, Leogane, Jacmel, and many of the surrounding communities. The earthquake left many Haitians homeless and with ruined crops. After 15 days the earthquake hit, the government estimated that their was 230,000 deaths, and about one million displaced people within the area of port-au-prince. 598,000 people migrated from the affected areas to other locations in Haiti. Many of the people that migrated outside of the affected areas like port-au-prince, had to return to the affected areas, since the areas that they were migrating to, lacked the capacity to sustain the increase in the population. The earthquake's enormous devastation threatened political and socio-economic stability. This earthquake was the worst earthquake in Haiti since 200 years. It generated $11.5 billion (173% of GDP) in damages and reconstruction. In Port-Au-prince and in the other cities that the earthquake hit the percentage of destruction or sever damage to the buildings, and other structures is 60-80%.
Effect of the earthquake on the homes of the Hatian people
Contributions from outside countries
Following the earthquake the U.S military and some representatives from the U.S department of Health and Human services Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) worked together to recover, identify, and repatriate any America citizen that was recovered during the earthquake. It is believed that most of the U.S citizens were in a hotel named Hotel Montana, which collapsed in the earthquake.
Many groups came together to help Haiti like the united nations, the Haitian Diaspora, and other non-governmental organizations. The U.S government and the United nations, still province humanitarian assistance in Haiti. U.S government humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti total over $1 billion. A conference was held in new york, it was co hosted by the U.S...