Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Tents Aren’t Holding Up in Heavy Haitian Rains

By Emily Troutman, AOL News June 25, 2010 The international community distributed 70,000 tents to earthquake survivors, but these makeshift shelters cannot withstand Haiti’s heavy rains. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Hurricane season in Haiti officially began three weeks ago, bringing rain to the region nearly every day. More than 1.5 million Haitians remain in the streets. Yet this week, the United Nations completed a study, revealing that 40 percent of all emergency shelters, including tents and tarps, already need to be replaced or “improved.” Tents like this one, in a camp in Petionville, are unable to withstand the continuous use. It took the international community five months to distribute almost 700,000 tarps and 70,000 tents and remains one of the most complex and difficult accomplishments of the disaster response. The new study, however, shows that emergency shelter materials cannot withstand the […]

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