As Haitians continue to reel from the massive earthquake that reduced much of its capital to rubble and killed an estimated tens of thousands of people, Wall Street firms are among the companies pledging millions of dollars to relief efforts.
KATHMANDU: Nepal faces a crippling multi-billion dollar post-quake reconstruction bill that will set it back years, just as its economy was looking up after a decade-long civil war. Saturday's 7.9-magnitude quake devastated much of the capital Kathmandu and killed more than 3,600 people in Nepal's deadliest disaster for more than 80 years. Racked by political instability since a deadly war with Maoist rebels ended in 2006, earthquake-prone Nepal must now cope with the added burden of a massive rebuilding effort that its shattered economy will not be able to afford on its own.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A shallow earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Saturday causing buildings to collapse, injuring many and leaving a pall of dust over the city, witnesses said.
BELLE ANSE, Haiti — The hardship of hunger abounds amid the stone homes and teepee-like huts in the mountains along Haiti’s southern coast.
The hair on broomstick-thin children has turned patchy and orangish, their stomachs have ballooned to the size of their heads and many look half their age — the tell-tale signs of malnutrition.
Mabriole town official Geneus Lissage fears that death is imminent for these children if Haitian authorities and humanitarian workers don’t do more to stem the hunger problems.
Michael Johnston submits:Just weeks after a devastating earthquake sparked a humanitarian crisis in Haiti, another natural disaster has hit the South American nation of Chile. Early Saturday morning, a magnitude 8.8 earthquake, the fifth strongest ever measured in the country, occurred off of Chile’s coast, causing massive destruction throughout the region.
Nepal’s devastating earthquake was the disaster experts knew was coming.
Just a week ago, about 50 earthquake and social scientists from around the world came to Kathmandu, Nepal, to figure out how to get this poor, congested, overdeveloped, shoddily built area to prepare better for the big one, a repeat of the 1934 temblor that levelled this city. They knew they were racing the clock, but they didn’t know when what they feared would strike.
The US military has pulled thousands of its troops from quake-hit Haiti because aid operations have improved, a general said, as relief workers raced to boost conditions at squalid camps.There were growing calls to speed up efforts to provide tarps and tents ahead of the rainy season, which threatens to bring more misery to the estimated 1.2 million left homeless by the massive earthquake a month ago.
Quake survivors in Haiti clamored for supplies of food, water and medicine as aid began to trickle in and thousands more US troops were due to join beleaguered relief efforts Monday.Five days after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake flattened much of the impoverished Caribbean nation 70,000 bodies had been buried in mass graves and international aid workers were struggling to cope with the scale of the crisis.Several hundred thousand people have been made homeless and officials fear the eventual death toll could top 200,000.