A world’s most devastating natural disaster since World

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti’s capital, leaving Port Au Prince in the dust. This effects Haiti’s economy as well as many other countries in contact with Haiti. This is important because many people died, their economy was falling, and many countries donated money to help rebuild the City (USA included).     Haiti’s massive earthquake could be the world’s most devastating natural disaster since World War II in proportion to the country’s size and economy, results in about $14 billion dollars in damage, according to many studies, the Haiti quake left at least 200,000 dead. This Earthquake sprung other problems too. Cholera, a deadly disease, was not in Haiti for the past century or longer, until 10 months after the 2010 earthquake. It then spread along one of Haiti’s largest rivers, the Artibonite, and spread quickly throughout the nation. Where it came from is clear to public health experts, Cholera was brought to Haiti by Nepalese soldiers living in a United Nations peacekeeping camp that spilled its waste into a stream of the Artibonite. Over the past four years, cholera has affected about 720,000 Haitians and killed almost 9,000. Haitian government has to get more money to get rid of the disease, so that is one more problem they have to solve (Knox, Richard). Jan. 12, is also the day when the terms of many senators terms expire leaving 10, leaving President Michel Martelly in complete charge of the government. A political meeting threatens to put legislative and local elections on hold for 39 months if a deal can’t be reached by Monday evening. The U.S. Embassy in Haiti issued a strongly worded statement late Sunday night urging all parties to come to an agreement and schedule elections. This nonsense in the government is creating social problems to tag along with it (Amadeo, Kimberly). Many countries have donated money to Haiti for the reconstruction of the city. About $13.5 billion in donations, about three-quarters are from donor nations and a quarter from private charity. Twitter played an especially large role as it quickly filled with Haiti-related information and ways to offer aid, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. Social media became central to the fundraising effort that raised millions of dollars. The Twitter-tracking service Sysomos, stated that 2.3 million Tweets included the word “Haiti” or “Red Cross” between January 12 and January 14. There were also 189,024 tweets that had “90999,” the number that could be used to text message a donation to the Red Cross. On Facebook, a number of Haiti-related groups materialized. Media played a big role on helping Haiti. There have been several previous solutions to help Haiti reform its social and economic stability. One is the $1.103 billion the U.S. donated. There have been several issues with that money though, one being the largest single recipient of U.S. earthquake money was the U.S. government.  The same thing for donations by other countries. Second reason being, only 1% of the money went to the Haitian government. Third, very little went to Haitian companies or Haitian non-governmental organizations. Forth, a large percentage of the money went to international aid agencies. Fifth, a fair amount of the pledged money has never been actually put up and finally, a lot of the money which was put up has not yet been spent. Haiti has not been able to rebuild its city so the social and economic issues are still present  (“Haiti Liberte”). The earthquake created short and long term issues. A short term example is, for the first 24 hours it was the case of the public doing what they could to search for survivors and those trapped. This just involved people using their bare hands and simple tools. Even within the first 24 hours dead bodies were quickly building up even though many of the hospitals had been destroyed. Another major issue was that several key government buildings had been destroyed and several important members of the government were trapped or missing. This led to a feeling that the immediate relief effort lacked leadership. Much money and support from all corners of the globe has been pledged to help the people of Haiti recover from this disaster. In order help to help the recovery as quickly as possible, the government are using the US $5.3 billion pledged for Haiti’s reconstruction on a few main topics. At some point in the future there will be another earthquake in Haiti. All the Government can do in the long term is aim to reduce the risk of death. With this in mind the Government hope to improve their current earthquake monitoring and warning systems.The final long term strategy is to provide education on emergency procedures for the general public so they know what to do in the event of an earthquake. Investing in this kind of education has helped to reduce the risk of death for many places across the Earth which are prone to Earthquakes (“Short and Long Term Responses.”). In conclusion, Haiti needs to figure out their money issue so they can rebuild their community and Port Au Prince. Haiti’s government needs to sit down with other countries to talk about the money they supposedly gave them. They need to be able to construct key buildings, like more hospitals and work buildings, so the social status and the economy can be stable.

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