Haiti’s earthquake: People need relief

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The death toll from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti

 

According to Haiti’s civil protection agency, the death toll from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti is now at 1,941. A tropical storm brought torrential rains to survivors already struggling with disaster.

 

Haiti’s earthquake

According to the latest toll, more than 9,900 people were injured when the earthquake struck the Caribbean’s southwestern region on Saturday. It was located about 160km west of the Port-au-Prince capital.

 

UNICEF, the UN’s children’s agency, stated that the disaster caused more than half a million deaths and more than 60,000 homes to be destroyed.

 

Residents of Les Cayes built shelters on a field amid torrential rain and lashing winds.

 

Jerry Chandler, the head of Haiti’s civil protection office, acknowledged the dire situation. Chandler stated Tuesday that earthquake assessments had to be stopped due to heavy rain. “People are getting aggressive,” Chandler added.

 

Some children were left orphaned by the earthquake, and others were starving, Carl-Henry Petit-Frere said, a field manager at Save the Children. The organization stated that it was given what it could to those living on the streets without any protection from the wind or rain.

Haiti’s earthquake Magnitude 7.2 earthquake Causes More Than 300 Deaths

 

Petit-Frere stated that she sees children crying in the streets and people asking for food. However, Petit-Frere warned children not to enter houses as they might collapse. “The organizations that are present are doing their best, but we still need more food. We need food, shelter, clean water, and they must be available quickly.

 

 

According to Haiti’s civil protection agency, the death toll from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti is now at 1,941. A tropical storm brought torrential rains to survivors already struggling with disaster.

 

According to the latest toll, more than 9,900 people were injured when the earthquake struck the Caribbean’s southwestern region on Saturday. It was located about 160km west of the Port-au-Prince capital.

To continue its medical evacuation efforts, the United States has chartered eight military helicopters out of Honduras.

 

According to the Pentagon’s Southern Command, the USS Arlington, a US Navy ship transport, will arrive in Haiti on Wednesday. It will also have a medical team aboard. Some hospitals in the earthquake area are also receiving field operating theatres.

The US National Hurricane Center warned about flash flooding and urban flooding. There was also the possibility of mudslides.

 

Officials in Haiti warned residents to be on the lookout for cracks caused by the earthquake. They could fall under the weight water.

 

Even with the rain, water was still scarce. Pastel, a coastal community, lost over 1,800 water cisterns.

 

 

UNICEF, the UN’s children’s agency, stated that the disaster caused more than half a million deaths and more than 60,000 homes to be destroyed.

 

Residents of Les Cayes built shelters on a field amid torrential rain and lashing winds.

 

Tuesday saw increased assistance from humanitarian and donor organizations. The Pentagon announced that it had established a joint task force for USAID to aid disaster relief efforts. Meanwhile, the United Nations and the European Union provided $8 million and $3.5 million respectively in aid to Haiti.

 

Bruno Maes (UNICEF representative in Haiti) said he witnessed strong winds and heavy rains in the affected area.

He said that many Haitian families have lost their homes and are now literally living in the floodwaters of the earthquake.

It said that the agency will distribute tarpaulins and latrines and water reservoirs, showers, toilets, and hygiene kits in a joint effort.

 

James Luxama (24 years old) repeated another popular rumor that someone was sending texts for help from the rubble. Luxama, however, had never received or seen such a message.

 

An angry crowd of shouting men gathered before the building collapsed, an indication that people who had waited for days for government help were losing patience.

 

One man refused to identify himself, saying, “The photographers come through. The press. But we don’t have any tarps for roofs.”

 

 

The recent earthquake and subsequent aftershocks have also destabilized the soil. Guy stated that heavy rainfall over a short period can lead to dangerous and even deadly mudslides.

Repairs are underway after aftershocks and mudslides obstruct the roads between Les Cayes, Jeremie, and Jeremie.

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