Number of victims of earthquake in Haïti approached 2,000

Source : 112 Ukraine

The 7.2-magnitude earthquake shook the country on Saturday; a tropic storm with heavy rains followed on August 16. Search and rescue teams found 1,941 bodies of people who perished in the natural disaster
15:33, 18 August 2021

Earthquake in Haiti, August 2021

The number of victims of the recent earthquake in Haïti increased by more than 50 people on Thursday; the overall number of fatalities made 2,000. Reuters reported that, citing the service of civilian defense.

Search and rescue works resumed on August 18, after the country suffered consequences of Grace tropic storm with heavy rains. 1,941 bodies were found during the works; these people deceased during the natural disaster. Besides, almost 10,000 people suffered consequences of the earthquake. Many of them are still considered missing in action. Some people are still under debris.

Dozens of thousands of buildings were destroyed in Haïti; those who survived the earthquake need food, shelter and medical asssitance. Several hospitals were damaged, and doctors deployed improvized first aid points in the tents outside.

Haïti still recovers from the natural disaster that occurred 11 years ago and took the lives of more than 200,000 people.

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The liquidation of aftermaths of the earthquake is quite complicated because of the pandemic of coronavirus, serious economic decline, local criminal gang activity and political crisis that emerged in the country after the murder of president Jovenel Moïse on July 7.

"The United Nations said it had allocated $8 million in emergency funds to provide relief for affected people. Latin America countries including Venezuela, Chile, Mexico, Panama, Colombia and the neighboring Dominican Republic sent food, medicine and supplies. The United States also dispatched supplies and search and rescue teams", Reuters wrote.

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