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January 12, 2010 - January 12, 2016

Remembering A Tragedy That Affected Scores of People

January 12, 2016 marks the sixth anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti that killed more than 200,000 people and displaced more than one million others. On January 12, 2010 when the 7.3 magnitude devastating earthquake struck the capital Port-au-Prince and its surroundings at 4:53 pm, the world watched with disbelief one of the worst natural disasters ever recorded in the history of Haiti for more than 200 years.

 

The quake destroyed or damaged many commercial buildings, residential homes, notable landmark buildings including the Presidential Palace, the municipal building, the Cathedral of Port-au-Prince, the legislative building, and other government offices.

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The epicenter of the quake was located near the town of Leogane about 25 miles west from Port-au-Prince and was felt all way up to the city of Jacmel in the south east and other settlements in Haiti. The death toll and the high number of people injured drew a remarkable emergency response from the international community. Bodies were rescued beneath rubbles, while other survivors have to be amputated. Those who witnessed this tragedy still recall the aftermath of the quake as an unhealed wound.

 

Four years later, Haiti tries to recover gradually as the country struggles with a reconstruction effort that has been delayed by a reduction in aid and political upheaval. More than 45,000 families are still in temporary settlement camps while areas of rubble removal and the resettlement of displaced persons draw criticism despite the implementation of large-scale projects designed to help affected families rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

 

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