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President asks for $2.8 billion for Haiti

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $2.8 billion in emergency funding for the reconstruction effort in Haiti following January's devastating earthquake.

The president's request comes one week before a U.N. donors conference March 31 in New York. Haitian officials plan to ask for $11.5 billion in reconstruction assistance.

The January 12 earthquake hit the capital of Port-au-Prince leaving an estimated 230,000 people dead and more than one million homeless.

Rubble has piled up in streets. Makeshift homes fill many open spaces. The tents and tarps are a huge concern as the rainy season fast approaches.

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