Tents Urgently Needed for Quake Refugees
POSTED: Monday, January 25, 2010 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:26pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - The devastating earthquake has left
Haiti's capital with too few places for people to sleep.
The United Nations estimates up to a million people -- one out
of every nine in the country -- will need to find new shelter.
Hundreds of thousands are living on the streets of
Port-au-Prince under plastic sheets, bed linens or whatever they
can salvage. One of the homeless says "we live like dogs."
Aid organizations say they are collecting tents, but there's not
much evidence of that so far.
The International Organization for Migration says its warehouse
has 10,000 family-size tents, but 100,000 are needed. And the
agency says it could take weeks to find suitable sites for enough
tent cities to accommodate everyone.
Haiti's government is encouraging the homeless to leave
Port-au-Prince and seek shelter elsewhere. Officials estimate that
about 235,000 have taken advantage of free transportation out,
while others have fled on foot.