Haitians gather during a national day of mourning one month after the country’s deadly earthquake.
Today marks the one-month anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, which provides an appropriate moment to bring attention to the recovery effort—rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, caring for those still injured and helping the hundreds of thousands still in precarious situations. —JCL
An emergency appeal launched by the international aid community within days of the Haiti earthquake has reached more than 95% of its $577m target.
But as the rainy season approaches, and then the hurricane season, the situation for hundreds of thousands of people is still precarious and their needs urgent.
The humanitarian response to the disaster was a logistical nightmare.
Major infrastructure, government and international aid teams already in Haiti had been devastated. Port-au-Prince’s small airport was soon overwhelmed by aid flights as rescue teams were flown in.
Up to 230,000 people died in the quake and around a million were left homeless.