HAITI MARKS DEADLY QUAKE’S 4TH ANNIVERSARY

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PORT-AU-PRINCE: Haiti on Sunday (Monday in Manila) marked the 4th year of the violent quake that shattered the impoverished nation and killed 250,000 people. Haitians, many dressed in white, flocked to church services for somber remembrances of those who perished in the tragedy on January 12, 2010. President Michel Martelly declared the anniversary a “day of reflection and commemoration.” Flags were lowered throughout the country and businesses closed to mark the anniversary, while radio and television stations were encouraged to broadcast programming suitable to the emotional occasion. The quake left about a million people homeless and nearly 200,000 people are still living in dire conditions in temporary shelters, four years after the quake hit the Caribbean nation.

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