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Jan 30, 2010 9:29 AM by Associated Press

Haitians tire of waiting, start own rebuilding

Haitians are taking matters into their own hands as officials say it could take another month to get
the 200,000 tents needed to shelter those left homeless by the Jan. 12 earthquake.

With fewer than 5,000 donated tents currently in Haiti, families are now trying to build new homes on top of the ruins of their old ones.

Haiti's culture and communications minister says such rebuilding won't be tolerated, adding that the government wants to develop and implement a reconstruction plan that could feature building codes.

But after two weeks of living with little to no shelter, many survivors don't want to wait. Noel Marie Jose says "Even if the government helps, it will come too late."

The government has been nearly paralyzed by the quake. Its own infrastructure, including the National Palace, was destroyed.

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