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Fast Facts on the U.S. Government's Work in Haiti: Rubble

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Fact Sheet
Office of the Haiti Special Coordinator
January 16, 2013

Challenges and Accomplishments

The January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti created an estimated 10 million cubic meters of rubble in 30 seconds―enough to fill dump trucks reaching from Key West, Fla., to Bangor, Maine, and back again if the trucks were parked bumper to bumper. More than two years after the earthquake, significant progress has been made in removing the rubble to clear the way for reconstruction.

Looking Ahead

While rubble has been removed from streets throughout earthquake-affected areas, rubble remains an impediment to the reconstruction process in difficult-to-reach, densely populated neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince. As a result, the international community has transitioned the focus of rubble removal to these areas. Notably, the U.S. Government supported this effort through $25 million provided to the multi-donor Haiti Reconstruction Fund for the Debris II project. The recently concluded rubble removal activities with this funding began in October 2011 and have removed over 537,100 cubic meters of debris. In addition to rubble removal, the Debris II program created approximately 13,322 short-term jobs; which exceed the original target of 3,000 jobs.

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