Earthquake death toll rises in Haiti to 2,189, 12,268 injured while 332 reported missing

The death toll in Haiti island country after the 7.2 earthquake has risen for the fourth consecutive day to 2,189, according to the Civil Protection Agency. At the same time, the number of injuries has been increased from 9,900 to 12,268. 

Haiti: The death toll in Haiti island country after the 7.2 earthquake has risen for the fourth consecutive day to 2,189, according to the Civil Protection Agency. At the same time, the number of injuries has been increased from 9,900 to 12,268. 

Various Caribbean islands, organisations and countries are coming forward in order to provide assistance to the island country. The country has seen devastating destruction after the earthquake. 

According to catastrophe modelling firm Karen Clark & Co., the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, which hit Haiti on August 14, 2021, will likely cost insurers around $250 million. In comparison, the insured losses are estimated at $250 million.  

The civil protection agency has further informed and added that 332 people had been reported missing, and rescue operations were ongoing.

Despite this, the island has also seen heavy rainfall because of Tropical Storm Grace. The Prime Minister of Haiti – Dr Ariel Henry, has announced a 3-day mourning period for the citizens who lost their lives in Saturday’s earthquake. 

The Caribbean island is already battling the COVID-19 outbreak, gang violence, poverty, political chaos, and uncertainty. Recently, the nation witnessed the death of its President Jovenel Moise in the month of July. 

Earlier, the wife of President Jovenel Moise, Martine Moise, has hinted at her candidacy for the upcoming presidential elections in the country. The Haitian government has taken the decision to postpone the presidential elections to the month of November this year. This is the third time that the election in Haiti has been postponed. 

Earlier, the elections were postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the island country started its first COVID-19 vaccination drive. 

According to the statistics, there are a total of 20,556 confirmed cases of the deadliest COVID-19 mutant, while so far, a total of 576 individuals have lost their lives to the contagious virus.