Thousands without shelter in Haiti 2 years after earthquake

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Camp for displaced people in Haiti

Haiti still faces major humanitarian needs two years after the devastating earthquake, according to United Nations Humanitarian agencies.

Over 520,000 people are still living in camps for displaced persons, down from a peak of 1.5 million people in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake.

Aid agencies say the drop in the number of people living in the camps was not because people have found sustainable shelter, but was an indicator people were escaping the deteriorating living conditions in the camps.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says the cholera epidemic which has to date claimed over 7,000 lives remains a major threat to public health.

Elizabeth Byrs from OCHA says donor support for Haiti was still needed to help the country recover and rebuild.

"Funding is badly needed now. Donors must keep up their effort because during the rainy season there is outbreak of cholera and depending on the season the cases are increasing. That's why we must keep on the effort and continue to be very vigilant."

She says the humanitarian operation in Haiti will require at least 231 million dollars in 2012 with more than half of the funding going to support health, shelter water and sanitation services.

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