Then and now: Haiti marks 5th anniversary of earthquake

WATCH: Five years ago, an earthquake devastated Haiti and displaced approximately 1.5 million people. Although the UN said $13 billion in aid was pledged, many people are now living in hillside slum and in deplorable conditions. Mike Armstrong reports.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haiti is marking the fifth anniversary of a devastating earthquake with an early-morning church service and a gathering of dignitaries at a mass grave.

READ MORE: Haiti better off 5 years after quake, though still troubled

This is an official Day of National Remembrance in the impoverished country. Hundreds of Haitians started the day in their best clothes at a new Catholic church in downtown Port-au-Prince. The church replaced the cathedral left in ruins by the earthquake that also levelled much of the capital and surrounding area on Jan. 12, 2010.

PHOTO GALLERY — Haiti: Then and now

This combo of two photos shows a Feb. 15, 2010 file photo, top, of people selling goods outside the ruins of the old Iron Market, a month after it was destroyed by a powerful earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and photo taken almost five years later on Jan. 10, 2015, showing the market which was rebuilt by Haiti’s biggest employer, mobile phone company Digicel.

This combo of two photos shows a Feb. 15, 2010 file photo, top, of people selling goods outside the ruins of the old Iron Market, a month after it was destroyed by a powerful earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and photo taken almost five years later on Jan. 10, 2015, showing the market which was rebuilt by Haiti’s biggest employer, mobile phone company Digicel.

AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, Dieu Nalio Chery, File
This combo of two photos shows a Jan. 19, 2010 file photo, top, of a U.S. Navy helicopter taking off outside the partially collapsed National Palace after the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne landed to provide security one week after a powerful earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and a photo taken of the same location five years later on Jan. 10, 2015 where a lone Haitian flag hangs from a flagpole.  The Beaux Arts structure was removed in 2012 but its successor has not been built yet

This combo of two photos shows a Jan. 19, 2010 file photo, top, of a U.S. Navy helicopter taking off outside the partially collapsed National Palace after the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne landed to provide security one week after a powerful earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and a photo taken of the same location five years later on Jan. 10, 2015 where a lone Haitian flag hangs from a flagpole. The Beaux Arts structure was removed in 2012 but its successor has not been built yet

AP Photo/Gregory Bull, Dieu Nalio Chery, File
This combo of two photos shows a Jan. 20, 2010 file photo, top, of a street devastated by the 7.0 earthquake that struck one week before in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and a photo taken five years later, on Jan. 10, 2015, of the same location.

This combo of two photos shows a Jan. 20, 2010 file photo, top, of a street devastated by the 7.0 earthquake that struck one week before in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and a photo taken five years later, on Jan. 10, 2015, of the same location.

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull, Dieu Nalio Chery, File
This combo of two photos shows a Jan. 12, 2010 file photo, top, of the Twins Market the day it collapsed during a 7.0 earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and a photo taken from the same spot five years later, on Jan. 10, 2015, where only a metal fence stands.

This combo of two photos shows a Jan. 12, 2010 file photo, top, of the Twins Market the day it collapsed during a 7.0 earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and a photo taken from the same spot five years later, on Jan. 10, 2015, where only a metal fence stands.

AP Photo/Cris Bierrenbach, Dieu Nalio Chery, File
This combo of two photos shows a Jan. 12, 2010 file photo, top, of Marie La Jesula Joseph praying outside the Cathedral the day it was destroyed by a 7.0 earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and a photo taken five years later on Jan. 10, 2105, that shows the structure still in disrepair.

This combo of two photos shows a Jan. 12, 2010 file photo, top, of Marie La Jesula Joseph praying outside the Cathedral the day it was destroyed by a 7.0 earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and a photo taken five years later on Jan. 10, 2105, that shows the structure still in disrepair.

AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, Dieu Nalio Chery, File

Watch the video above: Haiti marks the anniversary of the deadly earthquake that struck the country five years ago.

People who attended the Mass said they are still grieving over their losses from a quake the Haitian government said killed more than 300,000 people and left more than 1 million homeless.

President Michel Martelly was presiding at a memorial Monday at a mass grave north of Port-au-Prince.

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