August 17, 2021
Rescue Global is now on standby for rapid response support to Haiti following Saturday’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake.
At around 8:30am on Saturday, the earthquake was recorded in the South Region of Haiti, with a depth of 10 km and followed by a number of powerful aftershocks. The epicentre, located 13 km to the South-South-East of Petit Trou de Nippes, in the Departments of Nippes, Grand’Anse and Sud, collectively make up around 16% of the country’s total population, estimated at 11.4 million people.
So far, the death toll stands at over 1,300 but is expected to rise with ongoing search and rescue operations in the coming days and weeks. Tropical Depression Grace currently passing through the Caribbean will further compound humanitarian challenges, as will the ongoing covid pandemic.
The Prime Minister has declared a state of emergency but Haiti is not yet calling for wider international assistance, as long as state supplies can fulfil resource needs. In close communication with national and regional authorities, Rescue Global continues to plan for the deployment of critical resource and personnel coordination as well as dynamic last mile aviation capability, should external support be requested.