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Haiti Marks 3rd Anniversary of Devastating Earthquake

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A group of boys sit on the rooftop of a home damaged by the 2010 earthquake, across from a camp where they now reside, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 9, 2013.

A group of boys sit on the rooftop of a home damaged by the 2010 earthquake, across from a camp where they now reside, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 9, 2013.

Haiti is marking the third anniversary of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of people and left more than a million others homeless.

As officials and communities across the tiny Caribbean country plan low-key ceremonies Saturday, tens of thousands of people still live in squalor in makeshift camps around the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Recovery efforts have been slow to take hold because of a paralyzed government, the island's inadequate infrastructure and other factors, such as a drought, Tropical Storm Isaac and Cyclone Sandy last year. Less than half of the several billion dollars pledged by donors has been raised and distributed.

The January 2010 earthquake in Haiti is estimated to have killed more than 200,000 people and left nearly 2 million homeless. A cholera epidemic following the quake claimed several thousand more lives.
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