One year on and millions of Haitians are still living in tent cities, with poor sanitation and inadequate water supply.
Rioters and troops clash amid claims from locals that Nepalese soldiers working for UN mission brought disease to country.
Amid rescue crews attempting to help those affected by Tuesday's mudslide in Oaxaca, Kristin Bricker looks at the neglect and corruption which lies behind the disaster and illustrates the need for closer scrutiny of public spending.
In the light of heavier than usual rains across Central America this year Costa Rica is counting the damage from heavy downpours last week. Foreign governments are pledging money and other assistance.