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Haiti -Two Years After the Earthquake

Haiti -Two Years After the Earthquake

In this series of reports, VOA revisits the quake-ravaged island, struggling to move forward.

January 12, 2012 marks the second anniversary of a crushing magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti about 15 kilometers southwest of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Over 200,000 people died in the tremblor, assessed by experts as the worst disaster of 2010 in terms of human cost. The quake was the largest to hit the region in 200 years, and knocked out water, electricity and communications in the country.

*The video above was shot by Haitian Michel Eric Gaillard from his balcony as the earthquake struck Port-au-Prince.

As Haitians turned to the Internet to find information about what was going on and to communicate with loved ones outside of Haiti, teams from all over the world quickly arrived to provide assistance to the nation.

Numerous problems including blocked roads, bureaucratic confusion and the collapse of local authority hampered the initial efforts to help the victims.

Two years later, officials say progress has been made on the path to recovery. Haitians disagree. Many complain the reconstruction process has been slow and that not enough has been done.

In this series of reports, VOA revisits earthquake-ravaged Haiti to see where things stand now.

Photo Gallery: Haiti After the Earthquake
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