On 14 August 2021, a powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck south-western Haiti affecting at least 800,000 people and resulting in 2,200 deaths and more than 12,700 injured.
This Rapid Needs Assessment (RNA) provides a snapshot of the multi-sectoral needs of people within the commune of Pestel following the earthquake. The commune was only a few kilometres away from the epicentre of the earthquake, and was one of the worst-affected areas with large parts of the town left ruined.
This assessment was conducted in September 2021 by Church World Service (CWS) and the support from HelpAge International. It is intended to enable to identify the main urgent humanitarian needs; to review and adapt programming to respond to the findings; and to provide advocacy messages to the humanitarian sector and the national government.