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Haitians mark moment earthquake struck


In Haiti earthquake survivors have marked the exact moment when the earthquake struck a month ago killing more than 200,000 people.

In Port au Prince tens of thousands of people gathered – chanting and jumping up and down – to represent the magnitude seven tremor.

Hymns reverberated across the shattered city before the Haitian president asked his people to “dry their eyes”.

Rene Preval told the national memorial service: “Some pain can’t be described in words. The only answer for all of that pain has been to look for some help from the outside world. The pain is so heavy.”

The earthquake destroyed numerous schools and colleges and the first tented classroom has opened on a hillside overlooking the ruins of the capital.

UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund says it is expecting to open another 150 temporary schools over the next few weeks.

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