On quake anniversary, Haiti still faces 'long haul'
In the aftermath of Haiti's killer earthquake in January, U.S. officials estimated that 18 percent of Haiti's civil servants had died.
It turns out the toll is much worse.
As Haitians marked the quake's six-month anniversary Monday, a State Department official said the latest figures showed "upwards of 30%" of the country's government workers had perished. That is complicating efforts to get the bureaucracy up and running again.
"They have lost a lot of people," Cheryl Mills, chief of staff for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, told reporters. She said the United States was loaning technical experts to Haiti to help out, and donors were establishing "coordination centers" in Haitian ministries to train workers.
But rebuilding the government, she said, would be a "long haul."
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