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Why did so many people die in Haiti's quake?

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Contessa Felt
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« on: February 21, 2010, 07:37:58 pm »

Haiti, unlike China and Italy, simply did not have the resources to act quickly, and it took time to get outside help in.

"The Chinese government was able to mobilise a very military response. Although some parts were hard to reach initially," says Mr Garratt. "The resources they had were very impressive.

"The problem in Haiti was the airport was only half-functioning and you had one road route that took a day to traverse."

The dense urban environment in Port-au-Prince also made it a difficult place for rescue teams to work once they were there, he says.

"You could say that the resulting congestion in large cities meant there was less room for manoeuvre.

"But there were an enormous number of search and rescue teams there and considering the difficulties getting there, they did a good job."

However, the statistics on rescues may not necessarily reflect the true number of victims freed in and around Port-au-Prince, he warns.

"The majority of people are pulled out of the rubble by their neighbours."
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