Haiti Quake Population Drops Below 400,000

June 27, 2012

An international aid group says the number of Haitians still displaced by the powerful earthquake two years ago has dropped below 400,000 for the first time.

The International Organization for Migration says there are now 390,276 people living in the precarious settlements of makeshift homes erected following the 2010 disaster.

This figure is down from a high of some 1.5 million people who were staying in the camps six months after the quake. It’s also a drop of 7 percent from April.

The camp population has fallen through a combination of forced removals, rent subsidies and voluntary departures.

The figures were released Tuesday following a three-day visit by IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, who is a former U.S. ambassador to Haiti.

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