BBF Responds to Earthquake and Flash Flooding in Haiti as Need for Aid Escalates
The timing of the 4.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on June 6 could not have been worse. Just a few days prior, a torrential rainstorm overflowed rivers across the country, causing severe flash flooding, rockslides, and landslides that damaged over 30,000 homes and killed 51 people. The earthquake, which claimed four more lives, only heightened the country’s recovery needs.
Brother’s Brother Foundation is carrying out relief efforts to both disasters in partnership with Food For the Poor. Three containers of food and hygiene kits have already been sent to Haiti and shipments of rice, medicine and medical supplies are currently underway.
The recent disasters come after what has already been a difficult few years in Haiti. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck in August 2021 impacted over 800,000 Haitians and resulted in more than $1.5 billion in damages. A year later, the country experienced its first cholera case in more than three years. By February of 2023, the number of cholera cases had surpassed 31,000 and spread to all 10 departments in Haiti.
BBF’s disaster response in Haiti follows two shipments of medical supplies and medicines that were sent to the country in March and May of this year. It also comes after an extensive response to the earthquake in 2021, which included sending air shipments of medication and supplies to the country and helping the Haitian government and its partners improve access to basic care in rural communities.