On Saturday, August 14, 2021, at 8:29 AM local time, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Saint-Louis du Sud, Haiti, an area along the southern peninsula of the country. Local authorities have reported over 2,200 deaths, 12,200 injured and 320 people missing at this time, with these figures increasing as more information is made available.
1.2 million people have been impacted including 570,000 children.
Airlink has mobilized and is working with its network of nonprofit, NGO, and airline partners to help coordinate a response. This includes assessing cargo and passenger flight capacity. So far, we have coordinated transport for 50 individual responders to provide medical assistance and urban search and rescue in both remote areas and overwhelmed hospitals.
Our cargo pipeline consists of shelter kits, clean water supplies, food aid, solar lights, and additional urgently needed medical supplies. We are working to match more than 80,000 lbs of cargo to transport, and this number will increase in the coming weeks and months into long-term recovery.
Airlink has a long history of responding in Haiti amid natural disasters. In fact, following Airlink’s founding by the ISTAT Foundation, our first response was to the Haiti Earthquake in 2010
. We responded in southern Haiti in 2016 following Hurricane Matthew
; the country has still not fully recovered from the hurricane 5 years ago, and the humanitarian impact of an earthquake in the same region is expected to be significant.
As we mobilize expert responders and needed supplies – we need your help. Please consider making a gift to help Airlink respond quickly and for as long as is necessary to support communities in crisis.