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Four years after earthquake, Haiti still in ruins

Published on Jan 12, 2014 7:31 AM
 
A young woman prepares food on Nov 1, 2013, at camp Acra in Pétion-ville, Haiti, where victims of the Jan 2010 eartquake are living in makeshift tents. Four years after Haiti was hit by a violent earthquake, the dragging pace of reconstruction is nowhere more apparent than the capital, where its landmark presidential palace and cathedral remain in ruins. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) - Four years after Haiti was hit by a violent earthquake, the dragging pace of reconstruction is nowhere more apparent than the capital, where its landmark presidential palace and cathedral remain in ruins.

Devastation caused by the Jan 12, 2010, disaster, which killed more than 250,000 people, is still felt keenly in Port-au-Prince, the capital of the Americas' poorest country.

"We are going to press on the accelerator to advance the main projects, and Haitians will be proud of reconstruction," Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe told the press Friday, presenting models of several public buildings that are under construction.

Faced with criticism over the slow rebuilding of administrative buildings, including the legislative palace, Lamothe called on Haitians to unite together.

 
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