Haiti unveils reconstruction plans after January earthquake

Haiti has unveiled the first draft of a grand reconstruction plan, saying $11.5 billion is needed to help the country rebuild after January’s devastating earthquake.... More Below... Posted by on Mar 17th, 2010 and filed under World.

Haiti has unveiled the first draft of a grand reconstruction plan, saying $11.5 billion is needed to help the country rebuild after January’s devastating earthquake.

The Preliminary Damage and Needs Assessment (PDNA) released on Tuesday, which was prepared by the government with the help of the international community, will be the framework for discussions at a major donor’s conference in New York on March 31.

Tourism Minister Patrick Delatour said, “This is a process. This is not a final document. This represents a vision which is going to be constantly developed to arrive at a final version.”

Published on a government website, the plan goes far beyond simple post-quake reconstruction and calls for a complete overhaul of some institutions and the building of others from scratch.

It comes more than two months after the January 12 quake, which claimed more than 220,000 lives from more than two dozen nations and flattened large parts of Port-au-Prince and surrounding towns and villages.

(article and photo source: Herald Sun)

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