Mar 13, 2010 9:46 AM by Associated Press

2 months after Haiti quake, housing still elusive

Aid groups say they're ready to build but trash and sewage are piling up at the squalid tent camps
of Haitian earthquake victims while the government has failed to relocate anyone.

With torrential rains expected any day, authorities are not even close to providing the shelters they promised. Heavy rains typically start around April 1 and there already have been deadly floods to the west of the earthquake zone.

People are jammed in crowded camps. The mazes of rough shelters are thick with flies, mosquitoes and the stench of overflowing pit latrines. The residents say they can't wait much longer.

Aid organizations have plans to build at least 140,000 shelters, but nowhere to build.

Government officials insist they are making progress in closed-door negotiations with private landowners.




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