Haiti earthquake – death toll rises to almost 2,000

After the strong earthquake in Haiti, the death toll rose to almost 2,000.

According to the civil protection authority on Tuesday, at least 1,941 people died and more than 9,900 people were injured. The 7.2 magnitude quake destroyed more than 60,000 houses and damaged 76,000 other buildings over the weekend. Meanwhile, the tropical storm “Grace” lashed the country with heavy rains.

The civil protection authority emphasized that these are still preliminary figures. In the past 48 hours, 34 survivors were rescued from the rubble.

The authorities called on people in the earthquake area to be extremely cautious, as damaged houses could be brought down by the heavy rains. The US hurricane center warned of “major floods” and possible landslides.

The European Union has meanwhile made emergency humanitarian aid of three million euros available to Haiti. In order to ensure that the aid is effective quickly, the funds are to be distributed via aid organizations that are already active in the Caribbean state, as the EU Commission announced on Tuesday.

The Haitian Lanette Nuel next to the covered body of her daughter, she did not survive the earthquakePhoto: HENRY ROMERO / REUTERS

According to the Commission, the EU aid is to be used for the most urgent needs, such as the equipment of the hospitals, the drinking water supply and emergency shelters.

The EU is rapidly mobilizing aid for a country that is “very fragile” anyway, said the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Protection, Janez Lenarcic. He referred to the frequent hurricanes and storms in Haiti, the effects of the corona pandemic there and the precarious security situation in the desperately poor country.


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