Port-Au-Prince: Far fewer people died or were left homeless by last year's devastating earthquake than claimed by Haitian leaders, a report commissioned by the US government has concluded - challenging a central premise behind a multi-billion-dollar aid and reconstruction effort.
The report estimates that the death toll was between 46,000 and 85,000, far below the Haitian government's official figure of 3,16,000. The report was prepared for the US Agency for International Development but has not yet been publicly released.
Haitian authorities stood by the figures they released last year.
The report has inconsistencies, however, and won't be released publicly until they are resolved, US State Department spokeswoman Preeti Shah said....more
07:01 AM, May 31, 2011