222,600 estimated fatalities
300,000 people injured
1.5 million people displaced into tent cities
More than a century of economic marginalization and political corruption has resulted in extreme poverty and severe ecological pressures in the Republic of Haiti. Half of the country's 10 million people lived in densely packed housing with varying levels of access to electricity, water, and sanitation in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
The January 12, 2010, earthquake and its 42 aftershocks leveled much of the city. In the wake of the earthquake Port-au-Prince is being rebuiltâ€”but multiple cholera epidemics from contaminated drinking water have plagued the displaced population. Questions persist about relocating the capital and shifting the population out of the region.
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