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On January 12, 2010, an earthquake struck near the town of Legoane, Haiti. The earthquake devastated the tiny Caribbean nation, causing more than 100,000 deaths and displacing a million people.
 
Poor infrastructure is sometimes blamed for the catastrophic impact. Thousands were killed when buildings in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince collapsed. A small, localized tsunami also tore through many buildings on the coast.
 
Years later, thousands of Haitians remain homeless, living in “tent cities” in Port-au-Prince. The Haitian government, the World Bank, and many international organizations are working to help these internally displaced persons access clean water, food, schools, and employment.
access
Noun

ability to use.

Noun

city where a region's government is located.

catastrophic
Adjective

very bad.

city
Noun

large settlement with a high population density.

Noun

edge of land along the sea or other large body of water.

collapse
Verb

to fall apart completely.

devastate
Verb

to destroy.

earthquake
Noun

the sudden shaking of Earth's crust caused by the release of energy along fault lines or from volcanic activity.

employment
Noun

job or work.

government
Noun

system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.

impact
Noun

meaning or effect.

infrastructure
Noun

structures and facilities necessary for the functioning of a society, such as roads.

internally displaced person
Noun

someone forced to leave their local area, who has not left the country.

Noun

unit made up of governments or groups in different countries, usually for a specific purpose.

life expectancy
Noun

average number of years a person lives.

tiny
Adjective

very small.

tsunami
Noun

ocean waves triggered by an earthquake, volcano, or other movement of the ocean floor.

World Bank
Noun

United Nations organization that loans money to poor and developing nations.

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