Haiti - A Year After the Quake
Haiti earthquake anniversary
It is a year since a devastating earthquake shook the island of Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands of people. Twelve months later, more than a million are still living in overcrowded camps in need of life saving treatment
It is a year since a devastating earthquake shook the island of Haiti, but more than a million people are still living in overcrowded camps.
The earthquake that hit Haiti on 12th January 2010, killed more than 250,000 people and a further 3,651 have died due to a cholera outbreak in the aftermath of the destruction, leaving 170,000 in need of life saving treatment.
Children have been particularly badly affected with 3,000 still waiting to be reunited with their families, while 380,000 are surviving in tent cities.
‘Children in Haiti were already among the poorest and most vulnerable in the world even before the earthquake struck,’ says Gary Shaye from Save The Children. ‘Parts of the country have been totally destroyed, many of the people with whom we normally would have worked have been killed and the basic services that existed were wiped out.’
To mark the first anniversary of one of the worst natural disasters in recent history, aid agencies are highlighting the plight faced by the poverty-stricken Caribbean nation and the need for continued support.
‘Just clearing the rubble could take up many, many years,’ said Mr Shaye.
Oxfam say that less than five per cent of the rubble has been cleared to date and only 15 per cent of the temporary housing required has been built. There is still a great shortage of permanent, clean water and sanitation facilities.
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