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1 million in need of shelter; most are on the streets As many as 1 million people -- one person in nine -- need to find shelter, the United Nations estimates, and there are too few tents, let alone buildings, to put them in. About 700,000 people are living on the streets around Haiti's devastated capital, Port-au-Prince. "We live like dogs," said Espiegle Amilcar, an unemployed 34-year-old who has been living under a sheet of plastic. Aid organizations said they are collecting tents, but few are in evidence. Haiti's government wants many of the homeless people to leave the capital city of 2 million people, to look for better shelter with relatives or others elsewhere. Return to Gonaives: An estimated 50,000 to 100,000 people have returned to areas near the coastal city of Gonaives in northern Haiti, a city many people abandoned after two devastating floods in six years. Aftershocks: At least 55 sizable aftershocks have followed the magnitude-7.0 quake of Jan. 12, adding to survivors' fear. Death toll: As of Monday, the United Nations was reporting at least 112,250 confirmed deaths, based on recovered bodies. The Haitian government estimates a total of 200,000 people are dead. That toll places the Haiti earthquake among the deadliest natural catastrophes of recent times: • 300,000 people died in the 1970 Bangladesh cyclone. • 242,000 people died in the 1974 northeast China earthquake. • 226,000 people died in the 2005 southeast Asian tsunami. U.S. role: 73% of Americans polled by USA Today/Gallup said the U.S., which has committed at least $100 million and sent about 10,000 troops to Haiti, is doing enough. Nineteen percent said it should be doing more. The poll surveyed 1,067 adults nationwide and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. Even kids are helping: London schoolboy Charlie Simpson, 7, raised more than $160,000 by Monday for Haiti's relief effort. Charlie did it by cycling around his local park in west London. He got the money from pledges for his 5-kilometer ride Sunday. His mother, Leonora Simpson, said, "We put it on the Web, and that was it. It suddenly took off, and we can't believe it." Free Press news services





I could put lot's of eathquake pictures on this page but I want to show you the extreme poverty in this country instead. 

Even without the devestating earthquake there are alot of people who face extreme survival challenges on a daily basis.