UN official: Progress in Haiti 2 yrs after quake

AP News
Posted: Mar 23, 2012 8:07 PM

A United Nations official says she sees improvements in Haiti since the powerful earthquake two years ago.

Helen Clark of the U.N. Development Program says there is a "huge difference from the desolation" that she witnessed four days after the 2010 disaster.

A UNDP statement Friday says more than 60 percent of the millions of tons of rubble left by the disaster has been removed in one of the biggest clearance operations of its kind.

Haitian authorities say the quake killed 314,000 people and collapsed tens of thousands of buildings. About 1.3 million people had to move into precarious tent camps.

Still, despite the removal of debris, reconstruction has been slow because of political infighting.