PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The government will move 400,000 people made homeless by Haiti's epic earthquake from their squalid improvised camps throughout the shattered capital to new resettlement areas on the outskirts, a top Haitian official said Thursday.
Authorities are worried about sanitation and disease outbreaks in makeshift settlements like the one on the city's central Champs de Mars plaza, said Fritz Longchamp, chief of staff to President Rene Preval.
He said buses would start moving the displaced people within a week to 10 days, once camps are ready. Brazilian U.N. peacekeepers were leveling land in the suburb of Croix des Bouquets for a tent city, the Geneva-based intergovernmental International Organization for Migration reported Thursday.
Meanwhile, search-and-rescue teams packed their dogs and gear Thursday as the focus shifted to keeping injured survivors alive, fending off epidemics and getting help to hundreds of homeless camps.
As aftershocks still shook the city, aid workers were streaming into Haiti. The international Red Cross called it the greatest deployment of emergency responders in its 91-year history.