Almost One Million Survivors in Haiti Will Have a Way to Protect Themselves from Rain
By Dialogo March 26, 2010
Almost one million survivors of the 12 January earthquake in Haiti will
receive materials with which to protect themselves during the upcoming rainy season,
the Red Cross indicated today.
All shelter needs will be met by 1 May, the organization said, specifying
that ten weeks after the earthquake, a million people have already begun to receive
tents, plastic sheeting, and construction materials.
More than fifty NGOs have contributed to this effort during recent weeks, at
a pace of 100,000 people being helped each week, according to the Red Cross, which
is coordinating international aid related to shelter.
The million people left homeless by the earthquake need to have shelter
before 1 May, when the rainy season begins, given that “the rains are going to have
a massive impact,” the Red Cross coordinator in the region, Gregg McDonald,
Humanitarian-aid agencies have begun to develop temporary housing,
principally of wood, that can be built easily and cheaply, the organization