Haiti quake homeless crisis seen lasting into 2012

“If people are forced to move without a proper housing solution, they often have no choice but to move to areas that are insecure or unsafe — living in structurally unsound buildings or in areas at risk of landslides and flooding,” said Sara Ribeiro, IOM’s protection officer in Haiti.

IOM recommended speeding up repair and rebuilding in the capital Port-au-Prince and other quake-damaged towns.

Haiti’s volatile political climate is being stirred by uncertainty over the elections, and by the possible return from exile of ousted former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, following the shock homecoming in January of ex-dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier.

There are fears that more instability could put at risk billions of dollars of reconstruction aid pledged by donors.



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