UN Boosts Efforts to Build Haiti Shelter

The United Nations has stepped up efforts to provide emergency shelter to some 1.2 million quake survivors in Haiti as concerns grew over the onset of the rainy season, the world body said in a statement.  

U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said in New York March 11 that the U.N. aims to provide “proper waterproof makeshift shelter” to quake-displaced Haitians by April 1, while plans are in place to prod others to go back to their homes if they are proven safe and habitable.

The U.N. and other humanitarian agencies also plan to build some 120,000 more stable “transitional shelter,” initially designed to be built with wood or metal, for up to 600,000 Haitians before the hurricane season begins in June.

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