- Title: Death toll from Haiti quake hits 724
- Date: 15th August 2021
- Summary: PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (AUGUST 15, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF VOLUNTEERS UNLOADING AID FOR VICTIMS (SOUNDBITE) (Creole) HAITI CIVIL PROTECTION DIRECTOR, JERRY CHANDLER, SAYING: "We recorded a total of 724 deaths. 500 in the South department, 100 in Grande'Anse, 122 in Nippes, and two in the North-East department. So far, we have registered 2,800 injured. These people have been treated in hospitals without adding the people who are probably under the rubble. Search operations continue." VEHICLE CARRYING WORKERS FROM CIVIL PROTECTION ARRIVING AT NATIONAL AIRPORT WORKERS FROM CIVIL PROTECTION ARRIVING AT AIRPORT WORKERS FROM CIVIL PROTECTION AT AIRLINE COUNTER (SOUNDBITE) (Creole) HAITI CIVIL PROTECTION DIRECTOR, JERRY CHANDLER, SAYING: "We can say that there are 1,500 houses completely destroyed and 3,000 houses damaged in the South. In Nippes, there are 899 houses destroyed and 723 houses damaged. In the Grande'Anse department, there are 469 houses destroyed and 1,687 houses damaged." VARIOUS OF VEHICLES OF DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS ARRIVING AT AIRPORT WORKER OF DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS GETTING OUT OF VEHICLE (SOUNDBITE) (Creole) HAITI'S PRIME MINISTER, ARIEL HENRY, SAYING: "In this crisis, we want more appropriate responses than those we received after the 2010 earthquake. All aid that will come from outside the country must go through Civil Protection. I do not want aid to arrive in a disorderly manner, where everyone decides what they want." VARIOUS OF VOLUNTEERS UNLOADING AID FOR VICTIMS
- Embargoed: 29th August 2021 18:25
- Keywords: Haiti Les Cayes death toll disaster earthquake
- Location: PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI
- City: PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI
- Country: Haiti
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,South America / Central America,Earthquakes/Volcanoes/Tsunami
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- Story Text: The death toll from a devastating earthquake in Haiti rose to 724 on Sunday (August 15) as rescue workers scrambled to find survivors buried under buildings a day after the 7.2 magnitude quake and as a tropical storm bore down on the Caribbean nation.
The quake flattened hundreds of homes and buildings in a Caribbean nation which is still clawing its way back from another major temblor 11 years ago and reeling from the assassination of its president last month.
Southwestern Haiti bore the brunt of the blow, especially in the region in and around the city of Les Cayes. Jerry Chandler, head of Haiti's Civil Protection Agency, said the toll from the disaster had climbed to 724 as the rescue work continued.
Churches, hotels, hospitals and schools were badly damaged or destroyed, while the walls of a prison were rent open by the violent shudders that convulsed Haiti.
The rescue efforts are set to be made more complicated by the arrival of Tropical Storm Grace, which is set to lash Haiti with heavy rainfall on Monday (August 16). Some parts of Haiti are also at risk of flash floods, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
The United States sent vital supplies and deployed a 65-person urban search-and-rescue team with specialized equipment, said Samantha Power, the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.
Access to the worst-hit areas was complicated by a deterioration in law and order that has left key access roads in parts of Haiti in the hands of gangs, although unconfirmed reports on social media suggested they would let aid pass.
(Production: Herbert Villarraga, Robenson Sanon, Liamar Ramos)
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