Haiti: Death toll of earthquake rises over 1,400, tropical storm warning issued

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. According to the statistics, more than 1,400 people have lost their lives while various buildings, schools and houses have been destroyed.

Haiti: 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. According to the statistics, more than 1,400 people have lost their lives while various buildings, schools and houses have been destroyed.

On Monday, the Prime Minister cited,” The nation is currently facing a catastrophe which has led to plenty of sufferings, and from tomorrow, we have decided to declare three-day national mourning for those who lost their lives in the earthquake.”

On Tuesday, the Haitian government would be engaging in a dialogue with the political establishment, businesses, civil society and diaspora to determine a way out of the current humanitarian crisis.

The earthquake, centred about – 125 kilometres (80 miles) west of the capital of Port-au-Prince, nearly razed some towns and triggered landslides that hindered rescue efforts. According to the – Civil Protection Agency of Haiti, the number of injured has risen to 6,000.

Despite this, a rising storm has also hit the island country, producing heavy rainfall and landfall.

Gede Peterson, the director of Les Cayes General Hospital, stated, “We had planned to put up tents (in hospital patios), but we were informed that could not be safe.”

Following the statement, he further asserted, “This is not the first time that staff has been forced to improvise. The refrigeration in the hospital’s morgue has not worked for three months, but after the earthquake struck Saturday, staff had to store as many as 20 bodies in the small space. Relatives quickly came to take most to private embalming services or immediate burial. By Monday, only 3 bodies were in the morgue.”

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

The destruction could worsen amid the Tropical storm warning issued to Haiti, as light rainfall has already started in some regions.