Haiti’s presidential elections have been postponed, meaning the current head of state will stay in the job for up to an extra three months.
Rene Preval, whose term is meant to end next February, says that officials are struggling to cope with organising November’s ballot after the earthquake.
The natural disaster destroyed many buildings, including government ones, and killed or displaced 1.6 million voters. Now the priority is preparing for the coming hurricane season. The US military is working with Haitians to set up infrastructure.
Captain Roger Motzko, US Navy, said: “We’ve assisted people. In many cases, showing them how to build structures for themselves.”
1.3 million people are crowded into the biggest temporary accommodation of makeshift tents in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
American Navy engineers are helping to build retaining walls and drainage canals to reduce the risk of flooding.