Haiti 2010 Earthquake Response

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Haiti’s new peril: hurricane season

Haiti after Hurricane Ike (Radio Nederland Wereldomroep)

June 1 was the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, and experts at NOAA are predicting three to seven major hurricanes.  But, nearly five months after the January 12 earthquake, hundreds of thousands of Haitians are living in fraying tents while the Haitian government continues to work on emergency and evacuation plans.

Dr. Jean Pape, one of the country’s most prominent public health experts, estimates that only 1 percent of the masses stuck in dangerous flood zones have been relocated. – CBS News

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), “the biggest challenge” in building shelters is “a lack of available land on which to build.”  Much of the land suitable for relocation has been in the hands of a few powerful individuals.  But, that problem reportedly was resolved in late March.  During a visit to Haiti, former U.S. President Bill Clinton told the Miami Herald that Haiti’s President, René Préval, had signed an executive order giving the government the right of eminent domain.

Still, OCHA reports that obtaining needed land and receiving necessary supplies will take “many more months.”  At this point, one is tempted to add…”if ever.”

Earth bag construction offered as a solution to Haiti’s shelter woes

A group of college students and engineering professionals from Maryland has departed for Haiti, where they plan to show homeless Haitians how to build sturdy, storm-resistant structures from “earth bags” – polypropylene bags filled with earth from the local area – or even crushed rubble (Washington Post).  Depending on what is available in the area, thatch, bamboo or a tarp can be used for a roof, and plasters, stucco or barbed wire holds the bags together. Read more…

President Obama meets with President Rene Preval

In a press conference at the White House today, U.S. President Barack Obama and Haiti’s president, Rene Preval, thanked the volunteers, troops and donors who responded to the January 12 earthquake.  But, more needs to be done, said Obama, to prevent a second disaster in the form of spring rains that threaten Haiti’s 1.3 million homeless.

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Outbreak of malaria threatens Haiti’s homeless


Photo:  Tess Williams/Oxfam (Flickr/cc)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports eleven cases of the malaria strain P. falciparum among aid workers and Haitian residents.

“Displaced persons living outdoors or in temporary shelters and thousands of emergency responders in Haiti is at substantial risk for malaria”, said the CDC.

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