Hong Kong Red Cross - Haiti Earthquake 2021


Haiti Earthquake 2021


2,207 deaths

12,268 injured

 320 missing

 At least 650,000 people affected

At least 120,000 houses damaged or destroyed


Situation Update

On 14 August 2021, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck Haiti in the Caribbean region. Three departments in the south, namely Sud, Nippes and Grand’Anes are amongst the most affected. According to the Haitian General Directorate of Civil Protection, the powerful earthquake has resulted in 2,207 deaths, 12,268 people injured and 320 people were missing. It is estimated that 650,000 people in the three affected departments need humanitarian assistance. At least 120,000 houses have been destroyed or damaged, whereas extensive damage has also been found in roads, infrastructures, schools, and health facilities.

Meanwhile, the active hurricane season in the region and COVID-19 pandemic imposed more challenges and risks to the people who are already vulnerable due to the earthquake. Moreover, a tropical storm Grace that hit the same area three days after the earthquake struck brought heavy rains and flooding has complicated the relief actions.

The President of Haitian Red Cross, Dr. Guiteau Jean-Pierre, said: “Haiti is facing overlapping crises: the pandemic, the earthquake, and the pre-existent humanitarian needs. In coordination with the authorities, communities, partners, and stakeholders, the Red Cross will continue to work unstoppably to help and prepare the most vulnerable communities. Another potential emergency could be life-threatening for them.”


HKRC Action

Considering the impact of the earthquake, an emergency appeal was launched in Hong Kong from 18 August to 31 August 2021 for the “2021 Haiti Earthquake" in response to the needs in-country. As of 30 September 2021, over HK$ 1.35 million has been raised.

Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) has mobilized immediately HK$250,000 to support the International Red Cross to procure 400 sets of emergency shelter tool kits for the quake-affected families and one sizeable multi-purpose tent which could be used as a temporary communal space or warehouse depending on operational needs. In early November 2021, a medical volunteer was deployed by HKRC to Haiti to support the Red Cross Emergency Hospital in the field.

Emergency tracing service is offered to people in Hong Kong looking for missing family members in the affected countries. Please get in touch with our staff for inquiry on emergency tracing service:
Email:  emertracing@redcross.org.hk
Tel.:      2507-7135 (Office Hour: 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Mondays to Fridays. Please leave a voice message during non-office hours, and our staff will get back to you at the earliest.)
Fax:      3103-4010


Red Cross Red Crescent Action

The Haiti Red Cross Society (HRCS) has been on the frontline providing much-needed humanitarian support since the earthquake struck, including search and rescue, rapid assessments, pre-hospital care, collective centre management, emergency tracing; and relief distributions. It is important to note that the volunteers and staff from HRCS in the affected departments are also the ones who have lost loved ones, their homes, and their livelihood during the earthquake. Yet, they remain at the forefront to support the relief operation.

The International Red Cross has launched an Emergency Appeal after the earthquake, seeking a total of HKD 160 million (CHF 19.2 million) to provide services on health, livelihoods and basic needs, shelter, water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion for 35,000 people affected by the earthquake for 18 months. The International Red Cross and other Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in the country have also provided support to HRCS through the mobilization of pre-positioned relief goods, personnel support, and logistics management. In addition, emergency response personnel and units specializing in relief, health, logistics, and information technology/telecommunications are mobilized.

By late October 2021, the Red Cross has distributed non-food items including blankets, buckets, hygiene kits, cooking sets, mosquito nets, and shelter tool kits to over 8,000 families. Hygiene promotion activities have reached over 3,800 people. In addition, a Red Cross Emergency Hospital has been set up in the Sud department to provide immediate post-earthquake care in orthopedic, wound care, and rehabilitation and enable maintenance of access to care to the affected population.


General Enquiry
Please call +852 28020016, fax to +852 28020017 or email to relief@redcross.org.hk.


Other Reports 

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
International Committee of the Red Cross