World Bank pledges $30m for homes in Haiti

2010-10-27 07:29

The World Bank yesterday approved $30 million (R208 million) to support Haiti’s efforts to rebuild after the devastating earthquake at the start of the year.

In addition to killing more than 220 000 people, the January quake left 1.5 million people living in makeshift camps.

The World Bank said its programme would target 140 000 people in the capital, Port au Prince, which was the epicentre of the catastrophic magnitude 8 quake, and in hard-hit nearby Delmas.

“Moving people out of camps and creating the conditions for their safe return to the original neighbourhoods is one of the most pressing needs, and is also key for improving their life condition and security situation,” said Ronald Baudin, Haiti’s minister of economy and finance.

Some of the money will help owners and residents repair their homes as long as they are considered structurally solid.

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