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Haiti marks sixth anniversary of deadly 2010 earthquake

Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2016 | 1:00 PM
Workers prepare a banner in front of Titanyen, the mass burial site for victims of the 2010 earthquake, before the start of a memorial service marking the sixth anniversary of the quake, north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti today.

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC):

Thousands of Haitians attended prayer services today to mark the sixth anniversary of the earthquake that killed thousands.

However, six years later, the government seismologist who predicted the devastating quake, has warned that little has been done to protect people in the likely event of a repeat disaster.

Claude Prepetit, the chief seismologist at the Bureau of Mines, says the risk of a major earthquake remains as high today as it was on January 12, 2010.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his message urged the international community to “stand with Haiti” as it moves forward to rebuild, six years after an earthquake killed more than 200,000 people including 102 UN personnel.

Ban said the path to recovery and long term development is not an easy one.

“Many Haitians continue to face multiple challenges, including displacement, food insecurity and lack of access to clean water and sanitation,” he said adding that Haiti remains in need of international support.

Reaffirming the continued commitment of the United Nations to support the Haitian people, the world body’s chief underlined that while victims of the tragedy are honoured, the commemoration must be a “source of renewed inspiration and a call to unite behind a vision for a stable, democratic and prosperous future for Haiti.”