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— Nations Unies Haïti (@UNHaiti) February 16, 2022
Ms Mohammed visited the earthquake affected region immediately after the catastrophic event.
“This is not the time to give up”, she said, “because the people of Haiti never give up. Time and time again, they mourn their losses, and then they pick themselves up and put their lives back together,” adding “Haiti is again at a crossroads. Years of investment in stability and development must be protected. And national institutions are ready to lead.”
Over 2,200 people were killed and almost 13,000 were injured, while widespread damage was caused to infrastructure.
Some 137,000 houses and 1,250 schools were damaged or destroyed, and more than 300,000 students were delayed in returning to school.
More than 95 hospitals and health centers were also affected and roads and bridges damaged, complicating the response capacities in the earthquake zone.
$2 billion needed
The Government has estimated it will cost close to $2 billion to repair the damage caused by the earthquake.
More than half of the funds, just over a billion dollars, will be needed to rehabilitate or rebuild mainly private housing, and around $400 million is earmarked for education. Healthcare services and food security initiatives, require $40 million and $55 million respectively.
Agriculture, commerce and industry as well as environmental programmes, have also been targeted for assistance.
The Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, told the event that the reconstruction and recovery effort would include all people. “Not all communities in the Southern Peninsula were affected in the same way.
Some suffered more damage and losses than others. However, the recovery plan includes all regions that were directly and indirectly affected.”