CaribWorldNews, UNITED NATIONS, NY, Weds. July 14, 2010: The humanitarian needs of Haiti`s quake survivors are still immense six months after the earthquake of January 12th, United Nations agencies and their partners said this week.
In a report released Monday, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, the forum for coordination, policy development and decision-making of key UN and non-UN humanitarian partners, insisted that the `needs are still immense, and the challenges facing the response operation potentially daunting.`
Top on the priority list is shelter, since over one million Haitians remain homeless and living in tent cities six month later. `Foremost amongst these challenges is shelter – working with the government to identify durable solutions for the secure settlement of the displaced population,` the publication entitled `Haiti Earthquake Response, 6-Month Report` stated.
According to the report, the most important lesson learned was the need to better understand and work more effectively with the various actors from outside the humanitarian context, including the military and the private sector.
They also noted the need for the humanitarian community to review how it should adapt to urban responses and to identify the necessary expertise, tools, knowledge, and partnerships to be able to operate effectively in such environments.
The humanitarian organisations said that despite the challenging operating environment, the relief operation largely achieved its immediate objectives and responded effectively to the critical needs identified.
More than 200,000 people were killed in the 12 January quake, 1.3 million more were left homeless and key infrastructure was destroyed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti`s capital, and other areas.