U.S. Ambassador to Haiti: The Emergency Is Not Over Yet

BY Jeffrey Brown  January 7, 2011 at 2:38 PM EST

The emergency response phase in Haiti is not yet over, but the process of reconstruction is moving forward, Ambassador Kenneth Merten told Jeffrey Brown this week in Port-au-Prince.

“We are at the one year point now, and things have been rebuilt and are being rebuilt. But it is not by any stretch of the imagination a rebuilt city yet,” Merten said. “What we are looking and hoping to help the Haitians do is to build back better, not just build back in the same problems that we had here on the 11th of January 2010.”

Brown is in Haiti this week to report on reconstruction efforts from the Jan.12, 2010, earthquake that devastated the Port-au-Prince area, and on the cholera outbreak continuing to spread through the country.

Watch the full interview with Ambassador Merten below, and look for an update from Brown on Friday’s NewsHour and for his reports during the week of Jan. 10.