A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the country of Haiti on August 14, 2021, killing nearly 2,000 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless. The catastrophe was followed by another one as heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Grace worsened the situation even more.
According to reports, at least 1,941 people were confirmed dead, nearly 10,000 people were injured, and an unknown large number are still missing after the earthquake. Haiti’s Office of Civil Protection said over 7,000 homes were destroyed and nearly 5,000 damaged.
Rescue work has been obstructed by heavy rains due to Tropical Storm Grace that hit the area just days after the deadly earthquake. Survivors were also left with no choice but to brave the storm or return to damaged buildings.
Prior to that, the country has already been struggling with an upsurge of gang violence, the coronavirus pandemic, and a presidential assassination.
Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who is in power until the next presidential election, has declared a month-long state of emergency. Several hospitals, which have been grappling with the pandemic and lack of resources, are even more overwhelmed now with patients that need surgery due to the earthquake.
This recent earthquake is stronger than the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 killing more than 200,000 people and caused extensive destruction to the country.
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4. ARISE Project For Humanity