Haiti's President Appeals for Tent Donations

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Haitian President Rene Preval is asking the world for donations of at least 200,000 tents to provide shelter for the country's earthquake survivors.

Since their homes were destroyed, about one million Haitians have been living in empty lots, parks and plazas under the hot tropical sun.

Tents are in short supply following the January 12 quake that took the lives of at least 150,000 people.

Prevel said he will live in a tent on the lawn of the destroyed presidential palace in downtown Port-au-Prince to show solidarity with the people.

Haitian Tourism Minister Patrick Delatour told The Associated Press, "It is a decision that the president has made himself."

On Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with more than two dozen donor nations and international organizations in Montreal to evaluate the relief effort.

"The international community must ensure we are working in sync," Clinton said. "Aid coordination has long been a challenge in Haiti, even before the earthquake."

"We must find better mechanisms for coordination, oversight, and accountability to ensure that aid and investments are used effectively," she said.

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