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Haiti - Reconstruction : 50,000 transitional shelters by December 31, 2010 ?
01/10/2010 11:19:24

Haiti - Reconstruction : 50,000 transitional shelters by December 31, 2010 ?
Nigel Fisher, coordinator of UN humanitarian action in Haiti, announced yesterday that by 31 December 2010, some 50,000 transitional shelters will be built to accommodate about 250.000 victims of the earthquake. Nigel Fisher said the process of constructing semi-permanent shelters is being accelerated recalling that it is currently expected that 136.514 t-shelters will be built by June 2011.

[NdHL - We do not see where Mr. Fisher sees an acceleration of these constructions, although the figure of 50,000 is theoretically possible: 14.378 shelters have been built, the materials needed to build 15.454 t-shelters is stored on Haitian territory and materials for 31.835 new shelter is being channeled to Haitian ports and therefore not yet arrived in Haiti, more than 120.433 (87%) of these shelters are already funded. But the problem remains unsolved, it is neither money nor manpower but land availability. July 8, Jean-Pierre Taschereau senior manager to international emergencies to Canadian Red Cross said "Difficult to rebuild in cities like Port-au-Prince, because the rubble of the earthquake are still there and in the countryside , vast land remain unoccupied due to a legal tangle. It is legally impossible to construct permanent or transitional shelters on these lands, where the identity of owners remains uncertain." This situation remains unresolved and raised by all NGOs involved in the construction of such shelters.]

Nigel Fisher also indicated that the evaluation process of houses continues, and soon, many victims of the earthquake of January will return to their homes.

[NdHL - A statement that does not take into account the situation of displaced persons. Of a total of 227.543 registered families in the area of Port au Prince and entered into the database, 61% said they were renters. 20% of families reported owning and ability to repair their homes, 11% also reported to own but can not repair their homes. 9% remains unknown. Nearly half of those concerned (46%) said they wanted to live in a camp, remarks confirmed by Fysh Adam, head of Shelter group who recently said "most victims prefer to remain in camps because they are not obliged to pay rent". How do these people mostly tenant, they may return to their homes when they have lost their sources of income?]

As long as the government will not take the means which are essential to regulate the problems land, it is useless to talk of acceleration and objective for construction of transitional shelters. The population in the camps need something else that words of hope, it requires that the government and that lands are released concretely. Once the land released NGOs will be able to meet needs.


S/ HaitiLibre

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