UN development official hails progress in Haiti since 2010 quake

UN development official hails progress in Haiti since 2010 quake
# 12 January 2013 20:24 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Haiti's government has been praised for making concrete efforts to rebuild the country and its people's lives since it was devastated by a massive earthquake three years ago, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

United Nations Program for Development communications specialist Chirine El-Labbane told Xinhua recently that the Caribbean country had "visible" results.

About 80 percent of the 10 million cubic meters of rubble caused by the massive earthquake has been removed, 400,000 jobs were created to restart growth, and families had received financial support to repair their houses, the official said.

More than 80,000 buildings in the capital and surrounding areas collapsed after the magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, leaving a mass of concrete, steel and other debris, and killing 200,000 people.

"There are results," said El-Labbane, citing advances in environmental protection, disaster risk reduction, the fight against HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and governance.

On the eve of the earthquake's third anniversary, Haitian President Michel Martelly reiterated his commitment to rebuilding the country.

The government has launched an anti-poverty program with initial funding of 13 million U.S. dollars and started free education for nearly two million students.

"People want food, work, health care and this is what we want for them," he said. "We are making progress, but you can not do all of this overnight."