This month Haiti suffered an earthquake of 7.2 magnitude, which left not only material damage but also a death toll that keeps increasing, according to Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency the death toll has grown to 2,207 and 344 people are still missing.
Previously Haiti had reported 2,189 people dead on Wednesday, it was also reported that 12,268 people had been injured and nearly 53,000 houses were destroyed during the earthquake.
The new toll comes at a time when relief operations are expanding — the U.S.-based aid agency Samaritan’s Purse opened a field hospital Saturday — but authorities are struggling with security at distribution points. Gangs have hijacked aid trucks and desperate crowds have scuffled over bags of food.
In the hard-hit city of Les Cayes, meanwhile, some attended outdoor church services on Sunday because sanctuaries had been badly damaged by the quake, which was centered on the impoverished nation’s southwestern peninsula.