A draft of the Post Disaster Needs Assessment was prepared almost immediately after the earthquake by the Government of Haiti (GOH).  This document served as a appendix to the "Action Plan" (see next document).


"Around 1.3 million people are living in temporary shelters in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area and over 500,000 people have left the disaster areas to seek refuge in the rest of the country. The result is an exacerbation of the difficulties that already existed in gaining access to food and basic services. By striking at the very heart of the Haitian economy and administration, the earthquake had an acute effect on the human and institutional capacity of both the public and the private sectors, and of international technical and financial partners and certain nongovernmental organisations (NGOs). Impact on infrastructure--there has been massive infrastructure destruction. Some 105,000 homes have been completely destroyed and more than 208,000 damaged. Over 1,300 educational establishments, and over 50 hospitals and health centers, have collapsed or are unusable. Part of the country’s main port is not operational. The President’s Palace, Parliament, the Law Courts, and most of the Ministry and public administration buildings have been destroyed. Environmental impact--at a time when environmental indicators were already in the ‘red’ zone, the earthquake added to considerably to the pollution, nuisances, and risks that were already afflicting the people in the disaster zones, and increased the pressure on the environment, natural resources, and the country’s protected areas, thereby placing the people of Haiti in conditions of extreme vulnerability."


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