Haitians desperately search through the racial masses in the hope of finding loved ones alive. The devastating earthquake has so far claimed more than 700 lives.
Published: 15 August 2022, 17:14The government signed on Sunday up the death toll after the severe earthquake in southern Haiti. The latest death toll shows that 724 people died in the earthquake, but the figure is expected to be higher. Reports and testimonies of the severe earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 on Saturday show the horrific extent of the disaster in a country that was already hit hard. shaking under Lydie Jean-Baptiste's feet and her neighbors fleeing for their lives, the horrible memories came back. Like many other Haitians, Saturday's powerful quake marked a new trauma that was all too reminiscent of the earthquake that destroyed her home on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince in January 2010. "I saw the neighbors running and running," the 62-year-old told the news agency Reuters. ”I asked what was going on. They answered "earthquake" and I rushed to the door. Suddenly the pictures from January 12 came back and I felt very, very scared. ”The quake has caused complete or extensive damage to churches, hotels, hospitals and homes. Southwest Haiti, especially the area around the city of Les Cayes, was worst affected.At least 1,800 people have been damaged and many are missing. In some places near the center of the earthquake, communications have been broken. Rescue workers are fighting against the clock to find survivors – and during the night until Sunday, many civilians have frantically searched the landslides in hopes of finding their relatives. "Many homes have been destroyed, people are dead and some is in hospital, ”21-year-old Christella Saint Hilaire, who lives near the epicenter of the quake, told AFP. Aid organization Save the Children is worried about how the quake will hit children and families, as many are already suffering from poverty, hunger and violence. Although it will take days to evaluate the total extent of the damage, it is clear that it is a massive humanitarian emergency, "writes the organization's country manager Leila Bourahla in a statement.The Red Cross has started work on sending emergency equipment from warehouses in the neighboring Dominican Republic. Prime Minister Ariel Henry has declared a state of emergency for a month and has asked Haitians to "show solidarity" and not panic. Haiti has still not fully recovered from the 2010 earthquake, when more than 100,000 – according to some estimates as many as 300,000 – people perished. The country has major problems with poverty and crime and is also in a political crisis since President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in his home on July 7. The quake also occurred when the storm Grace is on its way to the area, which can complicate the search and rescue work.TT
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