Haiti - FLASH : Nearly 2,000 dead and 10,000 injured (partial assessment)
According to the latest report from the Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) on Tuesday, August 17, the 7.2 earthquake that struck southern Haiti on August 14, one deplore the death of 1,941 people so far : 1,597 in the South, 205 in Grand'Anse, 137 in Nippes and 2 in the North-West and more than 9,900 injured in total.
More than 136,800 affected families have already been registered while assessments are continuing : 684,400 people are in need of emergency humanitarian assistance in the 3 departments most affected by the earthquake, ie nearly 40% of the population of these 3 departments.
In the last forty-eight hours, rescuers have been able to extract 34 living people from the rubble, including 16 people on Tuesday who were prisoners of the rubble of the former premises of the Minustha in Brefète, before the Pont de la Ravine du Sud, the rescuers also found 9 lifeless body. Research is continuing, informs Civil Protection.
Due to the passage of the tropical depression Grace. The situation deteriorated sharply, strong winds swept away tarpaulins and tents. Torrential rains and strong winds were reported particularly in Les Cayes, Camp-Perrin and nearby localities, as well as flooding particularly in Jacmel and in several districts of the city of Les Cayes. Many residents, whose houses collapsed, spent the night standing in the rain with small children. More showers are expected today over the western part of the peninsula.
"This assessment remains very partial" underlines the DPC
The earthquake of 7.2 on the Richter scale, lasting 40 seconds, destroyed 60,759 houses and damaged 76,121 others in the 3 most affected departments (Sud, Grand'Anse and Nippes). Many public buildings (hospitals, schools, hotels, churches, private companies, etc...) suffered damage or collapsed.
According to French seismologist Éric Calais, at least 500 aftershocks have been recorded in Haiti since the August 14 earthquake that hit the southern departments.
The Evangelical Baptist Mission of South Haiti (MEBSH) informs that more than a hundred churches have been completely destroyed or damaged, that the operating room of the Lumière Bonne-Fin Hospital, the premises of Radio Lumière of Les Cayes, presbyteries and schools have been destroyed or damaged.
Mechanical operations are progressing in the South. Tuesday the technicians of the South Departmental Directorate (DDS) of the Ministry of Public Works in concert with the Armed Forces of Haiti (Fad'H) are currently intervening in the city Les Cayes (Brefète) to the evacuation of the rubble littering the road and preventing circulation.
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