About Jacmel, Haiti

Jacmel is the fifth largest city in Haiti. Located on the southern coast, its population is about 40,000. The town was founded in 1698 as the capital of the south eastern part of the French colony Saint-Domingue.

On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Jacmel. The earthquake caused heavy damage and many casualties. It damaged or destroyed approximately 70% of the homes there. Most of the heaviest damage occurred in the poorer neighborhoods.

Reconstruction has been very slow. Poverty is widespread and clean water continues to be a serious issue. Many buildings still stand in their damaged state, yet, through necessity, must continue to be used as is.

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