UPDATED 8:06 AM PT – Friday, August 27, 2021
The U.S. has continued to give emergency relief assistance to Haiti as the country reels from the recent devastating earthquake.
On Thursday, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator Samantha Powers announced the U.S. will give $32 million in aid for shelter, food and medical assistance. She said Haiti has a long road ahead in the recovery process.
“As we build on this initial response, I am pleased here to announce that USAID will provide an additional $32 million as part of a broader American response to support people here affected by the earthquake,” Powers stated. “The Prime Minister (Ariel Henry) and I spoke about the Haitian government’s sense of the priorities for people and how not only USAID and not only the entire U.S. government, but the broader international community can best meet those needs.”
Approaching two weeks since the earthquake, we are transitioning from rescue to recovery operations. Needs are vast, and while in #Haiti I announced $32 million in new humanitarian assistance to support our partners delivering critical aid: https://t.co/xrfFSNWbNY
— Samantha Power (@PowerUSAID) August 27, 2021
The aid comes in the wake of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the island on August 14 and killed more than 2,200 people. Meanwhile, the United Nations said the total amount needed to help Haiti recover will be closer to $180 million.