Rapid Needs Assessment of People in Pestel, Grand'Anse department, Haiti – October 2021 – Haiti – ReliefWeb

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On August 14 2021 a powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck south-western Haiti affecting at least 800,000 people and resulting in 2,200 deaths and more than 12,700 injured. The commune of Pestel, which was only a few kilometres away from the epicentre of the earthquake, was one of the worst-affected areas. Currently large parts of the town of Pestel are in ruin and surrounding areas have been significantly affected. As highlighted by this assessment, many of those interviewed currently reside in temporary structures, with others living in homes which are significantly damaged. Many have lost loved ones, causing huge emotional distress, and/or have suffered injuries themselves. However, insufficient support has been provided by the Haitian government and international actors. This is in part due to the political and security challenges, but it’s also symptomatic of an area which has been historically marginalised.
This rapid needs assessment (RNA) was conducted to provide a snapshot of the multi-sectoral needs of people within the commune of Pestel following the earthquake. The assessment was conducted in September 2021 by Church World Service (CWS) with technical support from HelpAge International. It is intended to enable CWS and others to identify the main urgent humanitarian needs; to review and adapt programming to respond to the findings; and to provide advocacy messages to the humanitarian sector and the national government.
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