The death toll from a powerful earthquake in Haiti has risen to 724, according to the country’s civil defense.
This was reported to AFP on Sunday afternoon.
Also, at least 2,800 people were injured in a powerful earthquake in the southwestern part of the country on Saturday morning. There are also fears that many more have died.
There was one in the earthquake 7.2 magnitude according to USGS Earthquake Center The quake was reported 15 miles (15 miles) west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. The capital has a population of less than one million.
Rescue work in the rubble is a battle against the clock as Hurricane Grace is expected to hit the country with strong winds and rain on Monday.
On Saturday afternoon, Prime Minister Ariel Henry declared a state of emergency in the country for a month and described the devastation as “huge.”
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– Major damage
The country’s images have had a strong impact on Ingville Conrad. He is the founder and director of an aid organization called Heidi, which educates the country.
One of the schools they run is located in St. Louis de Sud, 12 kilometers from the epicenter.
– Our staff sends pictures of major injuries, says Conradson.
The school of the Norwegian aid organization was not damaged by the earthquake.
– But a neighboring school 30 meters away is badly damaged, says Conradsen, who sent a video to show the school building:
There are also deaths in the St. Louis du Suite, according to information received by Conrad.
– A church collapsed during the funeral. Not everyone came out alive, she says.
Viji watched a video of a dilapidated church with lifeless people outside.
This is not the first time Haiti has been hit by a strong earthquake. In 2010, more than 200,000 people measuring the strength of a piece died7.
– I’m so tired. It is endless with problems.
However, Conradtson believes that today’s earthquake will not lead to as many deaths as it did in 2010.
– In the south of the island where today’s earthquake occurred, fortunately not so much the population, he says.
However, she believes the damage will be greater.
– It is already coming over a very difficult situation. Then there is a lot of poverty, a lot of crime and political instability The president was shot A month ago, Conradsen says.
The quake was also felt in the capital, Port-au-Prince. This is what Raymond Prosbury, director of the country in Haiti for Norwegian Church Aid, tells Viji.
– For a few seconds it shook a lot, but it was completely quiet. I, my wife and my daughters felt it, Prosbury tells Viji.
He also experienced the 2010 earthquake.
– “Oh, now it’s happening again” I thought. There was a lot of noise in 2010, but it is not now. He says Haiti is a little better at earthquakes now, but not on a much larger scale than it was in 2010.
Poor building stock
Morton Dunnsen-Crohn is a senior adviser to the Red Cross and participated in the International Disaster Response Team for Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
-We do not know how severely Port-au-Prince has been affected. If the city is severely affected, there could be major damage and higher mortality rates, he says.
During a telephone conference with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Dunson-Kroken was told that the hospitals in Jenny and Les Cayes were badly damaged and overcrowded.
– In Les Cay, the wounds are so large that they do not accept patients. Roads have been blocked by landslides and bridges have collapsed. Communication lines are down in the affected areas, says Dunnsen-Krogan.
The hurricane is expected to hit Hisponala on Tuesday, an island shared by the Haitian Dominican Republic. This could lead to a worsening of the situation, says Dunson-Kroken.
Duncan-Krogan points out that Haiti’s infrastructure is making the country more vulnerable to earthquakes.
– It’s about creating mass in the first place. These buildings are less earthquake resistant than Japan and San Francisco. He says they will collapse very fast.
The 2010 earthquake occurred at 3 p.m. This time the quake struck at 08.29 local time. Dunson-Krogan believes it could help reduce the amount of human damage.
– Since it was after sunrise, many people could be trusted to be on the streets, says Dunsen-Krogan.
Haiti is incapable of dealing with the effects of an earthquake, Morton Dunson-Krogan points out.
– There’s a lot that doesn’t work in Haiti. They do not have a functioning health system. When people need trauma treatment and health care after an earthquake, they are not able to offer a satisfactory offer, he says.
After all, the country has been hit hard by the epidemic, which has already captured large resources in the country’s health care, and in addition the economy has been hit hard.
According to Kroken, the political situation that characterizes the country will also affect how Haiti handles the damage after the earthquake.
– The president was assassinated on July 7 and some parts of the country are ruled by criminal gangs. Of course, this is not only suffering, it is a country with great challenges. Then it’s hard to recover from something like that, says Dunson-Krogan.
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According to the UN, 4.4 million people in Haiti are in need of humanitarian assistance. For a small country with a population of 11 million, it makes up 40 percent of the population.
The number of people affected by severe food shortages increased from 2.6 million in 2019 to 3.1 million in 2020.
– At least that number will not decrease in 2021, says Dunson-Krogan.