Quake Destroyed 50 Percent Of Haiti GDP

first_img The quake that ravaged Haiti over six weeks ago destroyed up to 50 percent of the Caribbean nation’s gross domestic product, President Rene Preval said Thursday. “This earthquake … led to the deaths of 200,000 to 300,000 people and destroyed from 35 to 50 percent of the GDP,” Preval said. “What is important now is to strengthen the Haitian government,” said Lula, adding to the Haitian people: “at this moment of pain, at this moment of desperation, we must lift our heads up.” He was speaking as he met with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at a UN-Brazilian military base in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, which was ravaged by the January 12 7.0-magnitude quake. center_img By Dialogo February 26, 2010 He also called on the international community to cancel Haiti’s debt.last_img

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