Haiti faces challenges as it recovers from the 2010 earthquake

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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. A woman sells produce at a flooded market place. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Haiti is facing challenges as it recovers from the devastation of the 2010 earthquake which displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

That's what Nigel Fisher, the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti, told the Security Council as he reported on the situation in the country.

He said the annual economic growth rate fell below forecast levels and high unemployment rates were compounded by two severe tropical storms and regional droughts that exacerbated the high levels of food insecurity facing many households.

Mr. Fisher said agriculture was particularly hard hit, but the government responded promptly by establishing a state of emergency to accelerate the disbursement of funds to address emergency needs.

"Progress continues to be made in finding alternative solutions for displaced Haitians remaining in camps. Displacement numbers continue to decline although conditions for residual camp populations worsen as humanitarian resources shrink and international operational partners end operations. The cholera epidemic continues. Fatality and infection rates are much reduced from peak rates although a recent spike in outbreaks gives cause for concern." (29")

Mr. Fisher said the government has launched a national eradication plan, supported by the Secretary-General's Initiative, but more money is needed for this work.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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