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16 Mar 2010 description

On 12 January 2010, an earthquake measuring 7.0 magnitude on the Richter scale struck Haiti,17 Km southwest of Port-au-Prince. Three million people have been affected, of whom the Government estimates 1.9 million have lost their homes.

The emergency phase of humanitarian relief operations will last for many months to come, and challenges to the international humanitarian response remain significant, which include logistics, communication and coordination among the large number of humanitarian organizations (around 1,000) now on the ground.