Haiti still suffering from massive earthquake
Aug 17, 2011
Even as 16 months have passed since the devastating earthquake hit Haiti, 640,000 people are still residing in 1,000 make shift camps, IRIN reports.
With hurricane season in full swing for another four months, humanitarian groups are worried that those living in the camps are still in grave danger.
"We’re still in the storm season and we are expecting three or four big storms," Margaret Stansberry, deputy head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), told the news source.
"We can’t be complacent; 640,000 people living in camps a year-and-a-half after the earthquake is something significant," she added.
Aside from living without proper homes, the camps are also a breeding ground for diseases like cholera. In June, large amounts of rain that were persistent for over five weeks led to a spike in cases of the disease. This brought the death toll up to 5,899 since it started spreading last October, according to the news source.
A recent survey conducted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) found that 94 percent of those living in the camps would like to leave, but they simply don't have any alternative accommodations.