Haiti - FLASH : More than 300 dead, nearly 2,000 injured, very significant material damage (provisional assessment)
Civil Protection teams are hard at work across all departments but especially those most affected. The Directorate of Civil Protection invites the population to remain calm and not to trust rumors.
Provisional balance sheet covering operations going from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Saturday August 14, 2021)
Human toll :
The earthquake toll for the period in question amounted to 304 dead (160 in the South, 42 in Nippes, 100 in Grand'Anse and 2 in the North-West). 1,800 wounded (at least 1,500 in the South, 35 in Grand'Anse and 281 wounded in Nippes were received and treated in several hospitals. Many people are missing and many others are under the rubble...
The first interventions, carried out by professional rescuers as well as by members of the population, made it possible to extract many people from the rubble. Hospitals continue to receive wounded. Saturday afternoon, the Director of Civil Protection Jerry Chandler announced that at least three hospitals, in the municipalities of Pestel, Corail and Roseaux, were saturated.
The 253 Cuban doctors deployed in Haiti deployed in the earthquake zone to treat the wounded. Doctors from the HUEH are on their way to the South. Zanmi Lasante & Bernard Mevs hospitals have announced their availability to welcome the injured.
Several buildings are destroyed or damaged, many houses have cracked walls. The departments most concerned are the South, Nippes and Grand'Anse. The first evaluations of the building, which are continuing in the field, have so far shown:
The towns of Jérémie and Les Cayes are the most affected. In Jeremiah the roof of the cathedral collapsed ...
Major damage has been reported on road, health and educational infrastructures in the most affected departments. However, with regard to port, airport, sports and telecommunications infrastructure, so far no major damage has been reported.
to be continued...
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