How Haiti Government Handles Disasters

Over the years, Haiti has dealt with several disasters. The latest calamity it had to face was Hurricane Sandy, which claimed the lives of more than 50 people. The hurricane also destroyed houses, farms and infrastructure when it battered the country for days. Threats of cholera outbreaks and other diseases also loom over the country as about 350,000 people lost their homes.


With the situation, the government under President Michel Martelly called on the international community for help. Together with the United Nations, the government asked for additional $74 million in relief aid, which will be used to rehabilitate farms and reconstruct homes, among others. Basically, the government is depending on foreign assistance to deal with the disaster's aftermath. The call for help was not ignored, as foreign charity organizations such as Oxfam and the United Nations relief agency have been working to help people affected by the hurricane.

Calling for outside help is common in Haiti, which is a poor country. Due to the lack of resources, the government depends on foreign assistance to help people deal with disasters. It ca be recalled that in 2010, Haiti received hundreds of millions of dollars in relief assistance to recover from a deadly earthquake. However, foreign countries were quite dismayed at how the government, which was headed by then-President Rene Preval, utilized the assistance. People also found it more difficult to deal with the eathquake's aftermath as political unrest also took hold. Preval was criticized for not being a strong leader who can take the country out of the rubble caused by the calamity.

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