The number of people living in displacement camps in and around Haiti's capital Port au Prince has declined by 14 per cent to an estimated 421,000 since February, according to figures collected by IOM. This is the steepest decline in the camp population since early last year.
IOM has delivered replacement tarps and new tents to families inundated by recent rains in Haiti and is continuing its efforts to minimize flooding in camps occupied by earthquake victims since 2010.
The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated USD 1 million from its "underfunded emergency" reserve to lifesaving IOM water, sanitation and hygiene projects to combat waterborne diseases at the start of Haiti's wet season.
The total number of Haitians still living in tents and shelters is now less than 500,000 – about one third of the population initially displaced by the earthquake of 2010.
IOM this week helped a first wave of families move permanently from the shelters and tents they have lived in for the past two years, directly in front of Haiti's ruined National Palace.
The closure of camps in post-earthquake affected Haiti is picking up tempo as more and more families find alternative accommodation and are helped to return to their communities.
IOM has produced a situation comedy, Sitcom, called Tap Tap, a common name for public transport in Haiti, to bring comic relief to the Haitian people, many of whom are still living in camps and earthquake-ravaged communities two years since disaster struck the country.
Two years after the earthquake devastated Haiti, the International Organization for Migration is helping the Government of Haiti reduce the remaining population in tent cities, while laying the foundation for jobs-led economic growth to rebuild the country.
Haiti - Newly published reports on the number of displaced persons remaining in camps, the Shelter and Camp Coordination Management Cluster factsheet and other data, produced by IOM Haiti and its partners, provide detailed demographic information about the almost 360,000 Haitians still living in 496 sites throughout the country, as well as details on the needs to end the on-going displacement crisis.