Continuing 2011 Organizational Session, Economic and Social Council Hears Report of Chairman of Its Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti
Date: 17 Feb 2011
Turning to the humanitarian situation, he said immediate earthquake response had been “successful” in terms of protection provided to those displaced. Last year, the target for transitional shelters had been exceeded, houses assessed and building codes revised. Most children in earthquake zones were back in school and the camp population had dropped to 800,000 people from 1.5 million at the middle of last year. The strategy for working with internally displaced persons was now focused on return to new or old communities and community-based strategies for water supply.
The main challenges at hand, he said, included post-earthquake recovery and resettlement, the response to the cholera epidemic, and cyclone season preparation. Seismologists had found that the massive 12 January 2010 earthquake had occurred on a secondary fault, and that pressure had not been substantively reduced, meaning that Haiti faced the prospects of a second significant earthquake.
the United Nations had been unable to clearly communicate key factors — notably about progress made and available resources. That was a matter of concern, as achievements to date had not been insignificant.