Death toll from Haiti quake reaches nearly 2,000
Published: 12:05 PM, 18 August 2021 Updated: 04:32 PM, 18 August 2021
The death toll from a devastating earthquake in Haiti has reached 1,941. Besides, nearly 10,000 people have been injured, and many are still missing after the 7.2-magnitude tremor.
According to Haiti’s civil protection agency, more than 100,000 buildings were either ruined or damaged. The rescue operation continues.
However, the rescue work has been hampered by heavy rains brought this week by Tropical Storm Grace to the Caribbean nation.
The UN says about 500,000 children now have limited or no access to shelter, safe water and food.
"Countless Haitian families who have lost everything due to the earthquake are now living literally with their feet in the water due to the flooding," said Bruno Maes, the UN Children's Fund (Unicef) representative in the country.
A magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocked Haiti on Saturday. The quake’s epicenter was located 40 kilometers of the city of Les Cayes, with a population of 125,000, at a depth of ten kilometers. A month-loge state of emergency was imposed in the country.
Tens of thousands of people left homeless by the quake had to decide whether to brave the storm under flimsy tarpaulins or risk returning into buildings damaged by the tremor and smaller aftershocks.
The south-west of Haiti appears to have suffered the worst of the damage from the quake, especially around the city of Les Cayes. Some hospitals were left overwhelmed and in need of supplies, as medics struggled to treat the injured.
Haiti has been hit by a series of natural disasters over the past years, including Hurricane Matthew in 2016. The deadliest was the 2010 earthquake which killed more than 200,000 people and caused extensive damage to the country's infrastructure and economy. - AFP, BBC