Earthquake in Haiti – 1,297 Died as Storm Nears

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A deadly earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday and now a tropical storm is expected to reach the Caribbean nation. 

A team of rescue workers are working day and night to locate survivors of the disaster. 

It is predicted that at least 1,297 people died in the 7.2-magnitude quake while the number of missing people is still unknown.

Tropical Depression Grace is expected to pass over the worst affected area later on Monday. There is also a fear that heavy rain brought by Grace could cause landslides.

The earthquake made the roads clogged which could get further damaged by the rain. Therefore, aid teams are racing to get crucial necessities to the quake-hit region before Grace hits.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for the entire coast of Haiti as well as for the neighbouring Dominican Republic.

Many countries are helping Haiti in search and rescue operations. 

The United States and Chile have sent their search and rescue teams and more will be arriving shortly from Mexico.

Apart from that, the Cuban medical teams are already in Haiti and helping people.

Survivors would need drinking water and shelter to survive which is scarce. Also, more than 30,000 families have reportedly been left homeless.

This disaster crushed homes, churches and schools and many other buildings. 

However, some hospitals were left stunned and in need of supplies, as they struggled to treat the injured, which is estimated to be 5,700.

The earthquake complexes snags facing the impoverished nation, which is already reeling from a political crisis following the assassination of its president last month. 

The part of the country which suffered the most damage in the south-west. It is the area particularly around the city of Les Cayes.

The videos and pictures of the terrible day went viral on social media. It showed people desperately trying to pull victims from ruined buildings. 

“The streets are filled with screaming,” Archdeacon Abiade Lozama, head of an Anglican church in Les Cayes, told the New York Times. “People are searching, for loved ones or resources, medical help, water.”

Its epicentre was about 12km (7.5 miles) from the town of Saint-Louis du Sud, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Still, the tremors could be felt near the capital, Port-au-Prince which is about 125km away and in neighbouring countries.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry declared a month-long state of emergency and urged the population to “show solidarity”.

Moreover, the Pope offered prayers for the people who died during a Sunday address. He expressed hope, that aid would arrive soon.

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka came forward to donate her earnings from next week’s Western & Southern Open to help with relief measures, as her father is from Haiti.

Aftershocks were felt after the initial tremor on Saturday, with the USGS initially warning the earthquake could result in thousands of fatalities and injuries.

A 2010 earthquake in Haiti killed more than 200,000 people and caused extensive damage to the country’s infrastructure and economy.

 

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