UN To Open New Haiti Camp, Transfer 8,000 People

By Dialogo
April 09, 2010

The United Nations will Saturday begin to transfer 8,000 homeless Haitians out of a high-risk location to a new site that can accommodate up to 250,000 people, a spokesman said Wednesday. UN relief workers will relocate persons living in a camp at the Petion-Ville golf club, a site above the capital but subject to mudslides and flooding, according to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs spokeswoman France Hurtubise. "Everything is in place to receive the first persons Saturday." she said. The new site called Corail is on 7,500 hectares (18,000 acres) some 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Port-au-Prince. UN officials had cited seven "high risk" camps that could be in peril during the rainy season followed by the hurricane season. An estimated 1.3 million people have been left homeless by the deadly January 12 earthquake.