Former US president Bush to visit Haiti Tuesday
Former US president George W Bush is to travel to Haiti Tuesday to review progress on reconstruction efforts since the massive earthquake that killed more than 220,000 people in January, dpa reported.
Bush will also meet with Haitians to discuss their living conditions, according to a statement from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
The fund was created by Bush and his predecessor, US ex-president Bill Clinton, following the January 12 earthquake, as a major fundraising initiative focused on sustainable rebuilding and job creation.
"President Bush's trip will draw attention to the great ongoing need in Haiti, and he will encourage Americans to continue to give what they can to help their neighbours in need," the statement said.
The exact number of deaths may never be known. The Haitian government estimates that 222,750 people - or 2 per cent of the country's population - died and at least 300,572 were injured.
The total damage and loss is estimated at 7.8 billion dollars, or slightly more than Haiti's gross domestic product (GDP) in 2009.
The international community has pledged 5.3 billion dollars over the next two years for Haiti. In total, countries, development banks and non-governmental groups have promised Haiti nearly 10 billion dollars over several years.
An estimated 1.5 million Haitians are still living in temporary camps, which could continue for months or even years until transitional shelters are built, the United Nations has said.
Despite the rebuilding challenges, Haiti is scheduled to hold parliamentary and presidential elections on November 28. More than 30 per cent of its civil servants died in the earthquake, which hit hardest in the capital Port-au-Prince, where the headquarters buildings of 28 out of 29 government ministries collapsed.