The situation in Haiti is not simply a direct result of its revolutionary past but also caused by factors such as additional geographic problems. The country is situated on a fault line and in a hurricane zone, an unlucky combination that has meant Haiti has had much more than just political issues to deal with. Hurricanes regularly devastate the country with flooding a common occurrence, but in 2010 a huge magnitude 7.0 earthquake killed hundreds of thousands of people, this was followed by a cholera epidemic later in the year, again made worse by that year’s Hurricane Tomas.
However the picture is somewhat more complex, as the countries geographical problems are exacerbated by issues such as political instability that may have some connection to the country's revolutionary past. Haiti is now one for the poorest nations on the planet, and poor infrastructure, deforestation and failure to prepare for earthquakes and hurricanes worsen the country's disaster response abilities and confound the country's development. The World Risk Report assesses the impact of natural disasters, and according to their scientific director, Dr Matthias Garschagen from the United Nations University, planning laws and basic infrastructure, such as sanitation, healthcare and evacuations shelters, massively effect a country's ability to respond to these crises. Natural disasters remain an ever-present destabilising force in Haiti, one that may have fleeting links to the country's revolutionary past, but regardless pose a significant hurdle to the country's fortunes.