POTD – Demolition by hand

A team of workers demolish a building that collapsed during the January 2010 earthquake. Across Port-au-Prince similar sights can be seen as any building materials that can be reused are salvaged when possible. One of the difficulties facing Haiti is that the government buildings that held records of land ownership were destroyed along with the records. This has led to many disputes over ownership and is another factor slowing the rebuilding of Haiti.

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  • “One of the difficulties facing Haiti is that the government buildings that held records of land ownership were destroyed along with the records.”

    So the Earthquake did not just take lives, livelihood and property. It also seems to have taken away pillars of their justice system.

    Thank you for drawing this to attention Moochin.

  • The collapsed buildings didn’t destroy the records per se, often there were fires which destroyed the records. Alot of the buildings date back to mid 1800’s (think Cuba) but were already in a state of disrepair and the earthquake did for them.
    I know of one charity that is building schools out of shipping containers and whilst they are often anchored down, should a dispute arise over where the school is located, the container is simply moved somewhere else to carry on providing a much needed service.