Haiti earthquake death toll surpass 2,200 people

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LES CAYES, HAITI - AUGUST 17: Firefighters remove debris in search of survivors after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti and as tropical storm Grace moves over Jamaica on August 17, 2021 in Les Cayes, Haiti. Rescue workers have been working among destroyed homes since the quake struck on Saturday and so far there are 1,941 dead and nearly 10,000 wounded. The epicenter was located about 100 miles west of the capital city Port-au-Prince. Tropical storm Grace hit the country on Monday and early Thursday causing floods and mudslides. (Photo by Richard Pierrin/Getty Images)

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.

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