(3 Apr 2010) SHOTLIST
1. Various of Haitian workers sorting through piles of cleared debris and rubble at sorting facility
2. Wide of interview with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Senior Debris Expert Mike Byrne
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mike Byrne, Senior Debris Expert, United States Agency for International Development (USAID):
"So the debris - debris ends up having a number of lives. You know, it''s not just stuff to be gotten rid of, it''s stuff that can be used in effective ways, as both for immediate emergency work, as we''re using it right now, but also long term for reconstruction."
4. Various of workers loading debris in street onto dump truck
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mike Byrne, Senior Debris Expert, United States Agency for International Development (USAID):
"If we took the Louisiana Superdome, we would fill five of those with the amount of rubble that was generated by the earthquake."
6. Dump truck filled with rubble driving down street on its way to sorting facility
7. Various of truck arriving at sorting facility and being registered by USAID workers
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Stanley Louis, Manager for the Miami-based PHS Group, contracted by USAID to sort rubble:
"At this site we are supposed to receive the debris, the construction debris, from different neighbour(hoods) in the city. And then when the debris comes in, we unload them here, we have a group of guys, workers and supervisors, who are going to sort the material."
9. Various of dump truck unloading debris
10. Wide of workers sorting through debris
11. Various of pile of wooden debris
12. Various of pile of metal debris
13. Pile of garbage
14. Wide of workers at site
Workers in Haiti''s shattered capital are sorting and recycling rubble as part of efforts to reconstruct the city after the January 12 earthquake.
The quake debris was being collected and processed into heaps of broken concrete and twisted metal at a facility near the capital''s port on Saturday.
The debris provides valuable material needed to build roads, expand the waterfront and try to make Port-au-Prince better than it was before the earthquake, reconstruction officials said.
About 90 percent of the construction debris can be recycled, and already, the rubble has been used to expand a jetty at the port and build ramps for heavy equipment involved in the cleanup.
"It''s not just stuff to be gotten rid of, it''s stuff that can be used in effective ways," said Mike Byrne, the senior debris expert working for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
A large-scale cleanup is just beginning to tackle piles of rubble from the magnitude-7 quake, which generated 20 (m) million to 25 (m) million cubic yards (15 (m) million to 19 (m) million cubic metres) - enough to fill the Louisiana Superdome five times.
Trucks brimming with smashed concrete are now inching their way through the hilly, congested streets of Port-au-Prince.
While most roads have been cleared enough for cars to pass, drivers say the biggest problem now is the return of the capital''s notorious traffic.
At the sorting facility, which receives roughly 80 trucks a day, workers separate rubble, rebar and wood by hand - occasionally finding human remains from the quake that killed a government-estimated 230-thousand people.
Once sorted, the debris is expected to aid a government rebuilding plan that decentralises the country and eases congestion in the overcrowded capital.
One key use would be to fill in a waterfront promenade in Port-au-Prince, said reconstruction officials.
With the rainy season approaching, Haiti''s government and international donors are focusing on clearing drainage ditches, many of which had buildings collapse into them.
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