UK donation aims to help Haiti withstand future disasters

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Hurricane Sandy passed to the west of Haiti on 25 October, causing heavy rains and strong winds, flooding homes and overflowing rivers. Photo: UN Photo/Logan Abassi

The United Kingdom is helping Haiti to better withstand and recover from future catastrophes as the country continues to rebuild three years after the deadly earthquake.

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) says the UK will contribute 10 million pounds to assist the country's government in acting immediately when disaster strikes.

UK International Development Secretary Justine Greening notes that Haiti continues to be vulnerable to natural disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy which caused widespread damage and suffering last year.

The 12 January 2010 earthquake killed 200,000 people and left more than one million Haitians homeless.

UNDP reports that most of the 10 million cubic metres of rubble resulting from the earthquake have been cleared through local initiatives with backing from the international community.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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