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Haiti earthquake

Updated: Mon, 13 Jan 2014

Introduction

The 7.0 magnitude quake that rocked Haiti on Jan 12, 2010 was the country’s most powerful in more than 200 years. More than 200,000 people were killed, and 2.3 million were left homeless.

Thousands of homes, schools and hospitals were destroyed, as well as the U.N. headquarters in Port-au-Prince, the presidential palace and the main prison.

To make matters worse, a cholera epidemic started in October 2010 and spread across the country, killing thousands.

Four years after the quake, nearly 150,000 people are still living in tents and makeshift shelters in Port-au-Prince.

Slow reconstruction is compounded by donor fatigue, growing political instability and anti-government protests over high food prices and corruption.

Read the full briefing here.

The 7.0 magnitude quake that rocked Haiti on Jan 12, 2010 was the country’s most powerful in more than 200 years. More than 200,000 people were killed, and 2.3 million were left homeless.

Thousands of homes, schools and hospitals were destroyed, as well as the U.N. headquarters in Port-au-Prince, the presidential palace and the main prison.

To make matters worse, a cholera epidemic started in October 2010 and spread across the country, killing thousands.

Four years after the quake, nearly 150,000 people are still living in tents and makeshift shelters in Port-au-Prince.

Slow reconstruction is compounded by donor fatigue, growing political instability and anti-government protests over high food prices and corruption.

Read the full briefing here.