One of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti was devastated by the earthquake that hit on January 12, 2010. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake’s epicenter was located not far from Port-au-Prince, the country’s capital. Buildings, infrastructure, and residences were all destroyed, and an estimated 230,000 people lost their lives as a result of the calamity.
Haiti was especially susceptible to the effects of the earthquake because of its poor building standards, scarce emergency response capabilities, and long history of political unrest. Even while humanitarian supplies from around the world flowed in, it was difficult to coordinate its distribution and rehabilitate the devastated areas.
International collaboration and the duties of wealthier nations to aid in times of crisis have been discussed in the wake of the Haitian earthquake as a means of addressing the urgent need for disaster preparedness and recovery operations. Despite continued attempts to repair and strengthen resilience, it serves as a sobering reminder of the enormous difficulties encountered by economically developing nations in the wake of natural disasters.