News / Americas

Haiti's Slow Recovery Serves as Warning to Philippines

FILE - People walk through a litter-filled street after residents of a camp for people displaced by Haiti's Jan. 2010 earthquake blocked streets after some tents were destroyed, Port-au-Prince, Feb. 15, 2013.
FILE - People walk through a litter-filled street after residents of a camp for people displaced by Haiti's Jan. 2010 earthquake blocked streets after some tents were destroyed, Port-au-Prince, Feb. 15, 2013.
Reuters
As Filipinos continue digging out of the deadly destruction left by Typhoon Haiyan this past week, halfway across the world, another disaster offers some valuable lessons.
 
Haiti is still struggling to lift itself from the rubble left by the 2010 earthquake.
 
The quake killed some 230,000 people and left nearly two million homeless.
 
Some half a million still live in crowded tent camps, many without running water or electricity.
 
Despite billions of dollars pledged to help Haiti rebuild, reconstruction efforts remain painstakingly slow.
 
Johan Peleman, of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, blames Haiti's scale of destruction. 
 
“We know that very well, durable solution is, yes, build new housing,” he said. "But in a city where hundreds of thousands of houses and apartments were utterly destroyed, you can't just do that overnight.”
 
In the Philippines, Haiyan has displaced more than half a million and many areas still have not received aid.
 
So far, millions of dollars have been donated to assist in recovery efforts, but the trick, Fanella Frost of the United Nations Development Program says, is for relief efforts to continue long after the disaster strikes.
 
“The aim in three years time in the Philippines, just as we had the aim here in Haiti, is to ensure that those communities that lost their houses are in safer living conditions that they were immediately when the cyclone hit,” said Frost.
 
Many of Haiti's problems have also been blamed on lack of oversight and poor planning - another lesson for those in the Philippines.

You May Like

Is Air Travel Safe?

Aviation expert says despite tragic losses of Malaysian Airlines flights 370 and 17, industry experienced lowest fatality rate in recorded history last year More

Multimedia 100 Days Later, Nigerian Girls Still Held

Activists holding rallies in Nigeria and several other countries to mark 100th day of captivity for more than 200 schoolgirls being held by Boko Haram More

Chocolate Too Bitter? Swap Sugar for Mushrooms

US food technology company develops fermentation process using mushrooms to reduce bitterness in cocoa beans, believes it will cut sugar content in candy More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Not Me from: FL
November 16, 2013 1:31 PM
Don't forget the money "pledged" is not money "delivered". Many countries pledged money that never was actually allocated to Haiti. And the Red Cross, who received cash from Americans directly, have used LESS THAN 5% of it on Haiti. Their excuse is they have other issues to address around the world, and have administrative costs. Do you know that the CEO of the Red Cross makes millions of dollars per year in salary?

Sadly, I see a similar fate for the Philippines. The saving grace for them, though, is that they have a better government infrastructure, and a louder microphone on the world state. So maybe they will actually get the money that was pledged.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Carriers Suspend Travel to Israeli
X
Carolyn Presutti
July 23, 2014 1:21 AM
The United States is prohibiting American carriers from flying to Israel's airport in Tel Aviv for 24 hours, because of rising violence between Israel and Hamas militants. The action was announced on Tuesday, after a rocket fired by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip landed near the airport. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells us, international officials soon may have to determine which combat zones are too dangerous for commercial flights.
Video

Video US Carriers Suspend Travel to Israel

The United States is prohibiting American carriers from flying to Israel's airport in Tel Aviv for 24 hours, because of rising violence between Israel and Hamas militants. The action was announced on Tuesday, after a rocket fired by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip landed near the airport. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells us, international officials soon may have to determine which combat zones are too dangerous for commercial flights.
Video

Video NASA Focuses on Earth-Like Planets

For decades, looking for life elsewhere in the universe meant listening for signals that could be from distant civilizations. But recent breakthroughs in space technology refocused some of that effort toward finding planets that may harbor life, even in its primitive form. VOA’s George Putic reports on a recent panel discussion at NASA’s headquarters, in Washington.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
Video

Video US Awards Medal of Honor for Heroics in Bloodiest of Afghan Battles

U.S. combat troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, on pace to leave the country by the end of this year. But on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama took time to honor a soldier whose actions while under fire in Afghanistan earned him the Medal of Honor. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.
Video

Video Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.
Video

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.

AppleAndroid

More Americas News

US Ambassador Calls for LGBT Rights

John Berry spoke at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne
More

China's Xi Praises Close Ties with Cuba

Head of China's Communist Party hails common socialist bond between his country and Cuba as he kicks off a state visit in Havana
More

US Judge Orders Argentina, Creditors to Reach Deal

Lawyers for investors who declined to restructure bonds after country defaulted on about $100B in 2002 warned that time running out to reach a deal, avert fresh default
More

Trial Imminent for Detained Venezuelan Protest Leader Lopez

Lopez's wife, Lilian Tintori, says outside pressure needed on Venezuelan president to move case forward
More

Sex Workers Seek HIV Prevention

The Lancet publishes new series on HIV
More

Texas Gov. Perry Orders State National Guard to Border

Governor says he took extraordinary measure to help secure the border, his critics say it is a political stunt
More