Why was the 2010 Haiti earthquake so devastating and how will it recover?

The January 2010 earthquake has highlighted the poverty of Haiti. An excellent overview, including how the response of the international community is here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/americas/2010/haiti_earthquake/default.stm.

There is a feeling that poor building standards exacerbated the impact of the quake and that many of the deaths could have been avoided: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8563585.stm.

One month after the earthquake, many peple still felt that not enough aid was getting through: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8512040.stm.

Internationla aid kept flowing into Haiti and support will be needed for years to come. Here, the Royal Navy are involved in dlivering aid to remote areas: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8563680.stm

Haiti is an impoverished country in the Caribbean. It has been affected by many natural hazards, but there seems to be no consensus on how best to help this desperate nation. An aid worker shares their views here:


The effects of the 2008 flooding in Haiti are described here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7624850.stm