Haiti - Two years on
It has been two years since a powerful earthquake struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti.
On January 12, 2010, over 200,000 people died and 1.5 million were made homeless. The tremor, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, destroyed everything from schools and hospitals to government buildings and the presidential palace.
The earthquake affected 3.8 million people. Over the past two years, Haitians have endured cholera and monsoon rains as well as violence in the aftermath of the presidential elections. Already the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, Haiti had previously survived several floods, monsoons and hurricanes.
Damages and destruction caused by the earthquake is expected to cost the country 15% of its GDP and has pushed the country’s development back by 15 years.
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