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07/29/2010

Another Disaster in Eight Months?

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world with a tragic history and deadly incidents. The low-income strata of Haiti are frequently affected by hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and political conflicts and violence in any era.

Haiti has always been vulnerable to natural disasters. Tropical storms and floods killed more than 3,000 people in 2004. In 2008, another storm hit Haiti, which affected 800,000 people and killed more than 400 people. These disasters not only inflicted people directly but also the country’s economy that has always been in shambles. People therefore cannot rely on agriculture or farming. The biggest natural disaster in the history of Haiti was the earthquake in January 2010. 80% of the main cities like Port au Prince, Leogane and Petit Goave were destroyed, along with their economies. More than 300,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands of people became homeless. Despite the fact that it has been just six months since the earthquake, the meteorology department announced that the hurricane season would begin in August and predict that it would be one of the worst in history. People who are living in camps prefer to remain in such poor condition and would not start reconstruction since they know the deadly effects of the hurricanes. They don’t want to be affected twice in a year after an eight-month period.

Humanitarian organizations and developed countries must strengthen their support to rebuild Haiti. Let’s hope together that we can improve the situations in Haiti because nothing is impossible in this world.

July 29, 2010 in Haiti |