Haiti 2010 Earthquake Response

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People of Haiti left out of recovery planning process

One would expect that the United States, which proclaims itself a friend of democracy everywhere, would insist that the world community give the Haitian people a voice in the development of post-earthquake recovery plans.  Instead, the planning process has been exclusive, with input confined to a handful of wealthy and powerful Haitians and international aid organizations. Read more…

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Haitian experience a study in disaster resilience

In an op-ed for the Miami Herald, Vinod Thomas, Director-General of the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group, offers life-saving advice to other nations:  Make critical installations and relief networks disaster -resistant.

In Haiti, Chile and elsewhere before, potable water could not be provided to victims in reasonable time, and emergency medical facilities dropped off-line just when needed most. The ability to take early action in critical care also has a cascading impact on the whole recovery process. Had basic connectivity to emergency medical care and water, for example, continued in Haiti and Chile (or in other previous catastrophes), reconstruction would have been that much easier. Read more…

Preval says death toll could reach 300,000

Above:  Workers removing rubble from the streets of Martissant, a suburb of Port-au-Prince very near to the epicenter of the earthquake. Photo by Adam Rogers/ UNDP (at Flickr)

At an international aid meeting in Mexico, Haiti’s president, Rene Preval, said there could be another 100,000 dead still buried in the rubble.  Added to the 200,000 bodies that Haiti’s government says it picked up on the streets, that means the total death toll from the January 12 earthquake could be 300,000.

Meanwhile, “a 16-member commission in Haiti’s senate has been debating the effectiveness of Preval’s government,” reports UPI, and should release it conclusions on Tuesday.

Donation drive today at Haiti’s embassy in DC

Today, at the Haitian embassy, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians will be collecting donations of items for survival kits that will be distributed to the earthquake survivors in Haiti.  The embassy is located at 2311 Massachussetts Avenue, NW.  (Map and directions here).

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