Monday, September 13, 2010

Why only 2 percent of earthquake debris in Haiti is cleared

[R]ubble is one of the most visible reminders of Haiti's devastating earthquake.

Rubble is everywhere in this capital city: cracked slabs, busted-up cinder blocks, half-destroyed buildings that still spill bricks and pulverized concrete onto the sidewalks. Some places look as though they have been flipped upside down, or are sinking to the ground, or listing precariously to one side.

By some estimates, the quake left about 33 million cubic yards of debris in Port-au-Prince — more than seven times the amount of concrete used to build the Hoover Dam. So far, only about 2 percent has been cleared, which means the city looks pretty much as it did a month after the Jan. 12 quake.

The Haitian government is incapable of organizing work crews to remove construction debris from public spaces. Of course, the overwhelming majority of the Haitian workforce would leap at the opportunity to do the same job on a construction site in Miami.

Clearly, and unarguably, the Haitian government is corrupt, inefficient and incompetent. It always has been and it always will be.

Giving any more money to the Haitian government serves no purpose.

Anyone who wants to fix anything in Haiti has to push the "government" aside, and do it themselves. Otherwise, you're simply wasting time and effort.

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