Quake Destroyed 50 Percent Of Haiti GDP

By Dialogo
February 26, 2010

The quake that ravaged Haiti over six weeks ago destroyed up to 50 percent of
the Caribbean nation's gross domestic product, President Rene Preval said Thursday.

"This earthquake ... led to the deaths of 200,000 to 300,000 people and
destroyed from 35 to 50 percent of the GDP," Preval said.

He was speaking as he met with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
at a UN-Brazilian military base in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, which was
ravaged by the January 12 7.0-magnitude quake.

"What is important now is to strengthen the Haitian government," said Lula,
adding to the Haitian people: "at this moment of pain, at this moment of
desperation, we must lift our heads up."

He also called on the international community to cancel Haiti's debt.