Road split by earthquake
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ActionAid, one of the world's largest aid charities, reports on the situation in Haiti as their Country Director, Jean-Claude Fignole reports that the mass departure of Haitans from the devastated Port-au-Prince is showing no signs of slowing down.

Large numbers of people are vacating the city in order relocate to areas where their relatives live in the countryside.

This is placing significant strain on the countrysides ability to cope with the mass influx.

Fignole, from the aid oraganisation's Haiti office, visited Grand Anse which is an area in the southwest peninsula of the isand - a location in which the aid charity has programmatic work.

More than 120,000 people travelled from the capital Port-au-Prince by boat, and many more had come on foot or by bus - numbers impossible to account.

In the village of Abricots ActionAid's Country Director said that a town which once supported 2,000 people now was struggling to cope with 10,000.

Families of five are sharing houses with in some cases another 25 people - food prices continue to rise - £1 is now £8 in terms of the cost of food.

As the situation gets more desparate reports of robbery are on the increase.

The relief organisation is doing all it can to improve the food situation. They are developing relief aid through an agricultural scheme that will reach 4,000 families to provide.

The families will be given seeds and the tools to get going with food production, teaching new methods of planting that an increase yield.

Contracts will be established with these new bands of small farmers to stabilise prices which will guarantee a steady supply of food.

March is the ideal planting season in Haiti, so time is running out to get this relief aid programme started. Let's hope that ActionAid and the Haitan's get everything planted in time.

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