Haiti's PM in Canada for International Meeting on Earthquake Recovery
VOA News 25 January 2010
Haiti's Prime Minister Jean-Max Belerive is in Canada for an international meeting to plan Haiti's recovery, while aid workers continue to struggle to deliver badly needed food, water and medical supplies after a massive earthquake nearly two weeks ago.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is hosting Monday's meeting in Montreal.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and foreign ministers from more than a dozen countries, as well as representatives from non-government organizations will also be in attendance.
The Haitian government said Sunday the official death toll from the earthquake that shattered the capital January 12 has risen to 150,000. Officials said that number does not include outlying areas.
International aid organizations said Sunday temporary tent campsites in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and Leogane, a city southeast of the capital will be established to resettle Haiti's homeless.
The International Organization for Migration said Sunday Haiti will need 100,000 tents for some 500,000 people.
Haitian orphans whose paperwork was completed or near completion before the earthquake have begun arriving in their new homes in the U.S. and Europe.
Meanwhile, UNICEF has reported that some Haitian children are missing from hospitals, raising concerns of child trafficking.
Haitians continue to plead with international rescue teams to search for loved ones, even though Haiti's government officially called off search and rescue operations on Friday.
Officials say there have been no major outbreaks of disease so far, but cases of pink-eye, skin rashes and diarrhea have been noted. Officials say food, water, shelter and health care are the most pressing needs.
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