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Posted Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Clinton discourages 'death trap' construction building
By Agence France-Presse
GONAIVES, Haiti (AFP) - Former US president Bill Clinton called for better
building construction on a visit to the Haitian city that was almost destroyed
by hurricanes and tropical storms a year ago.
"The tragedy of what happened here last year is that 80 percent of the damage
was done by the water and only 20 percent by the wind," Clinton said,
accompanied by Haitian President Rene Preval.
|Haiti's President Rene Preval (R) drives former U.S. President and
new special envoy to Haiti Bill Clinton during their visit to an
emergency hospital in Gonaives July 7, 2009. Helped by 9,000 U.N.
peacekeepers, Haiti appears to be on a slow recovery from its troubled
past of dictatorship and political violence. Clinton, who has been
appointed special U.N. envoy to the country, has declared this is
Haiti's turning point. REUTERS/Marco Dormino/Minustah/Handout
"We should safely rebuild in a way that not only creates a lot of jobs but also
maintains other damage done by the wind in future storms. We will do that with
better construction... to minimize the damage."
Around 5,000 jobs have been created in Gonaives, located 150 kilometers (90
miles) north of Port-au-Prince, according to the United Nations Development
Clinton, the new UN special envoy to Haiti, visited building sites aimed at
building dikes and walls to prevent mudslides and flooding such as those that
occurred when four major storms pounded Haiti in August and September 2008,
killing nearly 800 people and inflicting major damage.
He also spoke with flood victims, worried about the 2009 hurricane season that
officially began late last month.
The trip was Clinton's first to Haiti as UN envoy but his second this year,
after touring Haiti with UN chief Ban Ki-moon in March.
Clinton, who began his three-day visit to the impoverished Caribbean nation on
Monday, also visited a project to refurbish La Quinte River, which flooded the
city last summer, and an emergency hospital that has served as a temporary
replacement to one that was destroyed by the storms.
|AFP: Clinton urges better building in Haiti Former US president and
new special envoy to Haiti Bill Clinton (2nd-L) and Haitian President
Rene Preval (L)
Ban and Clinton had urged the international community to continue to aid the
impoverished Caribbean country, the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere.
Participants at a Washington international donors conference in April agreed to
donate 324 million dollars to help Haiti rebuild.
Some 80 percent of the Haitian population of nine million lives on less than two
dollars a day, while the country has a 60 percent infant mortality rate and 70
percent unemployment, according to US and UN figures. Most Haitians live off
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