Haiti - FLASH : The toll is growing, nearly 15,000 victims (Partial assessment)
According to the latest partial assessment of the Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) on Wednesday August 18, 2021, following the 7.2 earthquake that hit southern Haiti on August 14, we deplore the death so far of 2,189 people (1,832 in the South, 137 in Nippes, 218 in Grand'Anse and 2 in the North-West, more precisely in Bassin Bleu).
At least 12,268 injured people were listed (9,158 in the South, 1,652 in Grand'Anse and 1,458 in Nippes) were received and treated in several hospitals. 332 people are missing.
Search and rescue operations continue.
"We have nearly 600,000 people directly affected and in need of immediate humanitarian assistance," said Jerry Chandler, Director of Civil Protection.
The provisional toll of the passage of Storm Grace is 4 dead and one person is missing in the Southeast. 3 houses were damaged and 612 others flooded, informed Ronald Délice, the technical manager of civil protection in the region, specifying that Marigot, Jacmel, Cayes-Jacmel and Bainet are the most affected municipalities.
Carissa Etienne, director of the World Health Organization (PAHO) told a virtual press conference that "[...] relief efforts have been complicated by gang control in some areas. The floods and mudslides after Tropical Storm Grace made matters worse" explaining that PAHO has had "enormous difficulties" in moving supplies and staff to affected areas, and that PAHO had not been able to deploy a sufficient number of emergency medical teams [...] we are doing everything possible to provide assistance in these difficult times."
Currently 253 Cuban doctors who work in Haiti within the framework of bilateral cooperation, quickly went to the places affected by the earthquake, they adapted an emergency surgery hospital to treat hundreds of injured people.
The first evaluations of the building, which are continuing in the field, show 52,953 houses destroyed (30,122 in the South, 14,248 in Nippes and 8,483 in Grand'Anse) and 77,006 houses damaged (42,737 in the South, 14,808 in Nippes and 19,371 in Grand'Anse).
In the South of 255 schools, 20 are completely destroyed and 74 others are partially. Assessments must be carried out in the departments of Nippes and Grand'Anse. "It will be extremely difficult for parents, teachers and the government to get children back safely to school in just three weeks, when schools reopen on September 6," said Bruno Maes, UNICEF Representative in Haiti.
60 places of worship and 25 health facilities destroyed or damaged
The national road #7, cut again to traffic after the passage of the storm Grace, is unblocked at the level of river Glace.
The water problem in Pestel persists. Nearly 1,810 tanks are cracked or have been destroyed in the town. Water needs, both for drinking and for other purposes, are as urgent as ever.
The Institute for Social Welfare and Research (IBESR) reports that several of the 48 children's homes in the South, which care for 1,700 children, are damaged.
James Cadet, the Minister of the Environment, announced the dispatch to the great South of several technicians from the Ministry, in particular from the National Service for the Management of Solid Residues (SNGRS) and heavy machinery (backhoe loaders, compression trucks and others...) With the technical support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
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