Haiti - FLASH : The death toll rises to 2,207 dead and 12,268 injured
According to the latest partial assessment of the Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) unveiled Sunday, August 22, 2021, "New bodies were found in the South. The human toll for the three departments now stands at 2,207 dead (previous report of August 18, 2,189), 344 missing people (previous 332) and 12,268 injured (unchanged) https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34525-haiti-flash-the-toll-is-growing-nearly-15-000-victims-partial-assessment.html "
Fewer and fewer people or bodies have been taken out of the rubble in recent days, underlines the DPC. However, search and rescue operations continued on Saturday, especially in the town of Les Cayes, where a group of firefighters received an alert that they could not confirm. The hope of finding survivors is dwindling by the hour.
In addition 24 people including 4 missing children were found alive this Sunday. They were stuck at Pic Macaya in the Massif de la Hotte and were helicoptered to Camp Perrin.
Hospitals and health centers, still functional in the three affected departments, are working to the limit of their capacity. They are waiting for reinforcements in personnel and equipment. An urgent need for blood is particularly reported at the Sainte Thérèse hospital in Petit Trou de Nippes.
Sunday August 22, a replica with a magnitude of 5.0 on the Richter scale (0.88s) located 18.57 degrees N (± 2km) 73.61 degrees W (± 1km) at a Depth : 11 km (± 2km) was clearly felt, continuing to maintain fear among the victims https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34538-haiti-flash-at-least-3-aftershocks-between-47-and-51-in-48-hours.html
Nearly 600,000 people directly affected by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake on August 14th https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34479-haiti-flash-magnitude-72-earthquake-in-the-nippes.html need urgent humanitarian assistance.
According to the latest Civil Protection report, the number of destroyed or damaged houses has not changed since Wednesday August 18 https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34525-haiti-flash-the-toll-is-growing-nearly-15-000-victims-partial-assessment.html
On Friday, the Ministry of Public Works confirmed the ban on crossing the Dumarsais Estimé bridge on the Grand'Anse river https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34550-haiti-news-zapping.html after noting significant deformation of the deck.
The structural assessment is taking place in the South Department. The operation benefits from the support of the Swiss Embassy in Haiti https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34555-haiti-earthquake-switzerland-mobilizes-specialists-equipment-and-funds.html . In addition, the Education sector continues to assess damaged or destroyed schools https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34543-haiti-flash-at-least-266-national-schools-damaged-or-destroyed.html
The port of Saint Louis du Sud is partially operational and will be made available to the State by the private sector. The wharf is being repaired and the port will be fully available within a week.
On Friday, 10 humanitarian aid trucks, including 3 of 40 feet, left for the Great South, for various destinations : Miragoâne, Aquin, Les Cayes and others.
In Grand'Anse, damaged bridges are slowing the flow of aid from the center of Jérémie to other towns. Civil Protection is speeding up the delivery process as well as the distribution of aid in the communities. The next operations will be carried out by air, using a United Nations helicopter and 8 other aircraft provided by the US military.
The 25,000 ton amphibious warship USS Arlington (LPD-24) based in Norfolk, Virginia arrived in Haiti Saturday August 21 to assist with the humanitarian aid mission https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34527-haiti-usa-the-warship-uss-arlington-on-its-way-to-haiti.html
The Institution for Social Welfare and Research (IBSER) with the support of UNICEF is carrying out the assessment of child victims of the earthquake and storm Grace. 77 children's homes, including 48 in the South, 8 in Nippes and 21 in Grand'Anse, and 50 foster families in the South have already been assessed. 90% of children are currently out of danger. Actions to distribute hygiene kits and tarpaulins, among others, have been undertaken in 10 children's homes and distribution will continue.
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