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The European Commission's Joint Research Centre, United Nations and the World Bank issue a comprehensive building damage atlas for Haiti

A comprehensive atlas of all damage caused in Haiti by the magnitude 7.0 earthquake on 12 January 2010 is now available to help planning recovery and reconstruction measures. The atlas, based on the comparison between predisaster satellite imagery and postdisaster aerial photos, provides an overview of building damage in the main affected cities in Haiti showing that almost 60,000 buildings, ten times more than initially estimated, were either destroyed or very heavily damaged.

The Haiti building damage atlas was produced by the United Nations' Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)/Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), and the World Bank in support to the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) process led by the Government of Haiti.