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Hastings on 5th Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

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Washington, D.C., January 12, 2015 | comments
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20) made the following statement on the 5th Anniversary of the Haiti earthquake:

“Five years have passed since the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti killing over 200,000 Haitians and affecting millions more. The horrific earthquake left the Haitian landscape strewn with ruble as the country’s infrastructure was nearly destroyed in total.

“The devastation the world witnessed in Haiti five years ago led to an outpouring of humanitarian aid with nearly $13.5 billion coming into Haiti in hopes of “building back better.” However, as we look across Haiti today, we see a country still struggling to rebuild its infrastructure as it also confronts an overwhelming cholera outbreak that has affected over 720,000 Haitians and killed nearly 9,000.

“We must do more for our Haitian friends. We must help them rebuild their economy, promote the rule of law and human rights, restore clean water, proper sanitation, and reliable power grids.

“My thoughts and prayers remain with those families and friends who lost loved ones in the earthquake and with the families and friends who have lost loved ones to the cholera outbreak. My compassion for, and commitment to, the people of Haiti remains unbreakable. I will continue to stand with Haitian people as we all work to help them in their ongoing recovery efforts.”

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.

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