The U.N. says Haiti's government and its mission are overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster in a country where many of 9 million people live on less than $2 a day. The crisis threatens Preval's efforts to strengthen democratic institutions and stability in Haiti, which has seen little but upheaval since it ended French rule more than 200 years ago. Deadly riots sparked by soaring food prices struck the country in April and helped topple the government.
The U.N. has appealed for $108 million in aid for Haiti and Preval urged more longer-term reconstruction efforts beyond immediate food and disaster relief. "We have to break this paradigm of charity in our approach to international cooperation... because charity has never helped any country to get out of underdevelopment," he said….