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November 12, 2008
Hurricanes raze Haitian infrastructure; second school falls

Haiti was hit hard by Hurricane Ike.

A school partially collapsed in Haiti today, the second in a week. Nine people were injured in the collapse and no one was trapped inside.

Last week, another school collapsed and killed at least 94. Officials admitted that the building had been rebuilt after starting to collapse earlier, renewing concerns about Haitian infrastructure.

Four hurricanes hit Haiti within the span of 30 days this summer, killing hundreds and leaving many cities uninhabitable and buildings destroyed.

The “Operation Green Leaves” blog discusses hurricane relief and urges the Haitian government to prioritize basic infrastructure to curb the impact of natural disasters, warning that international aid and celebrity attention are waning.

Ben Terrall of “Haiti Analysis” writes about widespread questions swirling around hurricane relief efforts, including a statement from Doctors Without Borders that blasted international response.

“The Haitian Blogger” strongly criticizes the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in the aftermath of the first school collapse, and blames the U.S. for destabilization after the bloody ouster of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004.

The U.S. has sent search and rescue teams to the site of the first school collapse, but there are increasing calls to give Haitians temporary protected status (TPS).

Mark Schneider of the International Crisis Group writes at “World Politics Review” that TPS should be granted, and that the U.S. should be more involved in reconstruction efforts — pointing to comparitively large aid to Central America in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch a decade ago.

Photo courtesy of Radio Nederland Wereldomroep under a Creative Commons license.

For more Worldfocus coverage of Haiti, visit our extended coverage page: Haiti’s Poor.

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