The earthquake had a significant impact on the people of Haiti. It has been described as the most destructive natural disaster to occur since World War II, causing nearly $13.2 billion in damage (Inter-American Development Bank). 300,000 homes were destroyed leaving millions of Haitians homeless. As a result, millions of displaced Haitians were forced to settle into makeshift tent camps. These camps were built by the government to offer Haitians temporary sanctuaries. However, for many, they ended up being permanent. Although, these tent camps were inexpensive and simple to construct, numerous issues surrounded them. These tents were not secure; they were unsafe. Inhabitants found themselves worrying about their tents collapsing because they were unable to withstand severe weather conditions. In addition to being structurally unsound, the tents had poor sanitation. When it rained, people were left wading through a mixture of mud and feces due to the floorless tents (McNeil). Clean water was not accessible to...
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