Haiti president: 3 years needed to mo...

Haiti president: 3 years needed to move rubble

There are 4 comments on the Connecticut Post story from Feb 16, 2010, titled Haiti president: 3 years needed to move rubble. In it, Connecticut Post reports that:

In a rare exclusive sit-down interview, Preval told Associated Press Television News on Monday that Haiti faces a long reconstruction process that will result in fewer people living in the capital, Port-au-Prince. "It will take 1,000 trucks moving rubble for 1,000 days, so that's three years.

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Since: Nov 09

Boynton Beach, FL

#1 Feb 16, 2010
A couple bulldozers can have the whole place pushed in to the ocean in a couple days.
marvens

West Palm Beach, FL

#2 Feb 19, 2010
alexis
Brown Love

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#3 Feb 19, 2010
marvens wrote:
alexis
Judge Judy

What the hell does that mean
Mike Hertel

Watertown, WI

#4 Feb 20, 2010
It is not reasonable to wait for trucks and heavy equipment to clear hugh areas of the city. Instead areas will need to be set aside for temporary storage of debris, gravel, and rebar.

The only type of building in my opinion that is suitable for the complex requirements in Haiti is reinforced concrete of high quality. The majority of the buildings you see demolished by the quake were concrete slabs of good quality placed atop walls of very poor quality with no good connections between the two. Low strength wood structures will fail in storms and kill the occupants just as surely as the poor concrete structures did in the earthquake.
The Haitian people do not have large numbers of trucks and so they should try to make do using large numbers of people. Clear an area of land down to the underlying rock if at all possible, install rock bolts and then footings and in a continuously reiforced concrete structure you should be able to be safe from almost any new earth quake. This while being also safe from almost any storm provided you are above the tide surge and not in the way of likely mud slides.

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