Haiti launches 260-mln-USD public housing plan

14:20, July 20, 2011      

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The Haitian government has launched a 260-million-U.S.-dollar plan to build public housing in the country's capital, Haitian media reported Tuesday.

"We have to ... put this country on the path of reconstruction," Haitian President Michel Martelly was quoted as saying. "I want to remind you that I am committed to finish the reconstruction process of Haiti."

Martelly said that the country plans to provide partially subsidized public housing, instead of free houses, for all the victims of the January 2010 earthquake, which killed more than 250,000 people and left over 1.6 million homeless.

Following the advice from the international community, the Caribbean nation wants to change the face of the capital, Port-au-Prince, by replacing the slums that had previously dominated the city with modern buildings.

Source: Xinhua
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