Haiti’s death toll rises to 1,941, 9,900 injuries due to earthquake

The Death toll in the island country of Haiti has continuously risen for the third consecutive day. So far, around 1,941 residents have lost their lives in the Saturday's 7.2 magnitude earthquake. 

Haiti: The Death toll in the island country of Haiti has continuously risen for the third consecutive day. So far, around 1,941 residents have lost their lives in Saturday’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake. 

The Civil Protection Agency has provided the data of injuries and death, to which a total of 9,900 people are injured. The numbers are still increasing as people are being rescued. 

The 7.2 magnitude earthquake has destroyed many buildings, hospitals, schools and houses of the people. The devastation is centred in the country’s southwestern area of Haiti. 

Despite this, the island has also seen torrential rains and high winds, resulting in flooding in at least one area because of Tropical Storm Grace. 

Concerns continue over the tropical depression, even wreaking havoc in Mexico, turning through the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico & strengthening into a more destructive tropical storm – or worse, hurricane.

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. 

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.”

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.