Aid Groups Debate Shelter For Haiti's Homeless As Rains Loom

04/05/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

More than 700,000 people have been left homeless from the earthquake in Haiti three weeks ago and as seasonal rains approach, there is increasing debate about how to house these masses of Haitians, Reuters reports.

Government ministers in charge of housing and food distribution have called for as many as 200,000 tents for families and schools.

But the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which is spearheading U.S. government relief efforts in Haiti, says temporary tents can be expensive and impractical. Instead, USAID is pushing a plan to reinforce the existing makeshift shelters with solid building materials and recycled rubble. USAID officials call it: "Thinking outside the tent."

Aid organizations are debating whether it will be possible to build semi-permanent shelters before the hurricane season, which starts on June 1.

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