GCSE Geography, Haiti earthquake case study

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  • Haiti, Earthquake in a poor country
    • Primary impacts
      • 230,000 people killed
      • 1 million made homeless
      • 250,000 homes destroyed
      • 30,000 buildings including the presidential palace, airport and port were destoryed
      • Electricity and communications stopped
    • Magnitude 7.0 earthquake
    • Secondary effects
      • 1 in 5 people lost their job
      • Aftershocks
      • Disease
      • Main road blocked for 10 days
    • Immediate responses
      • $100 million in aid given by the US
      • People slept and treated wounded on the streets
      • Mass graves dug
    • Long term responses
      • 1 million people still without houses after 1 year, many living in aid camps
      • Temporary schools, communications and shelter set up
      • Buildings in Port Au Prince began to be rebuilt
      • Water and sanitation supplied to 1.7 milliom

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