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Haiti: Still an extremely vulnerable country

10/01/2014 - Haiti is the largest operation in Latin America and the Caribbean of the European Commission's Department for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO). The poorest country of the Americas is highly prone to tropical cyclones, floods, landslides, drought and earthquakes. Climate change, massive deforestation, extreme poverty and food insecurity make the Haiti population especially vulnerable. Four years have passed since a 7.0 degree earthquake caused devastation in the country. In these years, Haiti has also been hit by a cholera outbreak and by hurricanes Isaac and Sandy in 2012. Humanitarian needs persist. With a contribution of over EUR 213 million since the earthquake, ECHO continues to fund initiatives to reduce the number of internally displaced population, address the cholera situation and make the population more resilient to disasters.

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