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Haiti still struggling three years after quake

Saturday, 12 Jan, 2013 - 01:37

Jan 12 - Three years after Haiti was devastated by a powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake, many residents are still suffering from the impact amid a string of other disasters. Sarah Charlton reports.

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Three years after an earthquake devastated Haiti, many residents are still trying to pick up the pieces. Over 300,000 still live in tent cities like this. That's a far cry from the 1.5 million left homeless after the quake, but aid groups admit there's a lot of work to be done. In 2010, the powerful magnitude 7 quake ripped the country apart, leaving hundreds of thousands dead and infrastructure devastated. Not even the presidential palace escaped. Since then, Haiti has faced a string of other disasters, challenging recovery efforts. Myrta Kaulard is from the U.N. World Food Programme. SOUNDBITE: DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED NATIONS WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME IN HAITI. MYRTA KAULARD, SAYING (English): "Now, the situation three years after is completely reversed. In 2012 Haiti faced a very big drought and faced Tropical Storm Isaac and Cyclone Sandy. This has completely devastated the agricultural production of Haiti." The U.N. says more than 40 percent of Haiti's 2012 harvest was destroyed. Many now face the problem of food shortages. SOUNDBITE: SINGLE MOTHER OF SEVEN CHILDREN, EUNICE ELIASSAINT, SAYING (Creole): "I don't see a future here. I can't hide anything from you. There is no tomorrow. Last night the children went to bed without anything to eat." As many Haitians struggle, they hope 2013 will bring relief to a multitude of concerns.

Haiti still struggling three years after quake

Saturday, 12 Jan, 2013 - 01:37

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