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10,000 Families Receive Temporary Shelters from NGO, IOM
- Thursday, November 17, 2011 6:36 AM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has provided new temporary shelter to nearly 10,000 displaced families in Haiti through its housing program. Approximately 500,000 people are still in tents and many of them are threatened with eviction.
"Reaching those 10,000 was part of a cumulative effort by the international community to build over 100,000 shelters in Haiti," said in a press release, Dall'Oglio Luca, head of the IOM mission in Haiti.
Luca Dall'Oglio affirms that there has been a major effort to help families who lost their homes to leave the tents and makeshift structures and find decent and safe places to live.
According to IOM, shelter designed to withstand rain and hurricanes have a lifespan of at least three years and probably longer.
However, IOM admits that all the shelters do not provide a permanent solution as part of the overall strategy pursued by returning the humanitarian community.
Twenty two months after the earthquake of January 12, 2010, about 500,000 people still live in tents, according to figures released last September by the international organization. Homeless and displaced people also face the threat of expulsion.
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