News Earthquake in Haiti

Advanta Bulletin - Earthquake in Haiti

Aug 16, 2021
A catastrophic earthquake magnitude 7.2 on the Richter scale has been reported on the island on Saturday, 14 August. The epicentre was about 12km (7.5 miles) from the town of Saint-Louis du Sud, as stated by the US Geological Survey (USGS). At least 1,297 have lost their lives, and more than 5,700 others have been injured, according to public records. In addition, there is considerable damage in the epicentre zone and more distant areas, and a month-long state of emergency has been declared on the island.

Our team extends its deepest sympathies and condolences to all those affected by this tragic event.

Considering the damage reported on the island already, alongside those not yet uncovered, a high number of claims are expected. We are well-placed to assist our clients with exposures in the region, through our highly qualified team in the ADVANTA Office in the Dominican Republic, which includes our local Civil Engineering expert, Jorge Sención, who coordinates with a local partner to provide inventory and surveying services, drawings of the affected infrastructure, and additional support as needed. This team is already handling some local claims following previous social disturbances in June, so are in a position to respond to new claims quickly.

ADVANTA has significant expertise in dealing with catastrophic events and has experience in handling similar losses around the globe. Our teams can provide immediate local assistance on claims assigned to insurers with an interest in the island related to Property, Energy, BI/ CBI, Liability and Marine.

Our portfolio of NATCAT expertise includes the 2010 and 2014 Chile earthquakes, the 2010 - 12 Christchurch earthquakes, various hurricanes in the Caribbean, including Hurricane Wilma in 2005 and Hurricane Gonzalo in 2014, Chilean floods in 2015, Hurricane Maria and Irma in 2017, the Mexico earthquakes in 2017 and those in Puerto Rico and Jamaica in 2020, amongst others. Our dedicated Catastrophe loss adjusters offer their expertise, technical insight and efficient service to meet policyholders and claimants needs swiftly during these critical times.

For immediate assistance in the region, please contact:

José Miguel Varela
+1 (305) 794 5643

Gustavo A Rodríguez
+1 (786) 3622058

Arístides Tiburcio
+809 299 0041