The death toll in the Haiti earthquake rises to 1,900, over 9,900 injured

The death toll in the Haiti earthquake rises to 1,900, over 9,900 injured
The death toll in the Haiti earthquake rises to 1,900, over 9,900 injured
Anonim

The death toll in the weekend earthquake in Haiti has risen to 1,900 and more than 9,900 have been injured, Haitian authorities said on Tuesday. This came after the remnants of the Grace Tropical Depression hit the country with torrential rains, complicating search and rescue efforts.

CBS News traveled by helicopter to the hardest hit areas as some roads were blocked by landslides. From the air, the destruction is not obvious - only when you find yourself on the ground, the full scale of the destruction becomes clear.

In Le Quay, one of the largest cities in Haiti, many homes and businesses were destroyed, forcing many to camp outdoors. Nearly 20 kilometers north, in the village of Manish, Mayor David Brinar said 98% of the city had been destroyed. He said tents and materials are most needed to rebuild houses.

One woman who spoke with CBS News said she lost her home and sister to the earthquake. According to her, she is traumatized, she has nowhere to go, and many people in the village sleep on the street.

The earthquake and tropical storm, combined with a severe coronavirus outbreak, have brought the country's health infrastructure to its knees. Overcrowded hospitals in the hardest hit areas are the only ones left after Saturday's devastating earthquake. Many others have fallen into ruins, causing victims to seek help wherever they can find it.

Manishe residents say that while their needs are urgent, villages in the surrounding mountains are in dire straits. Roads are completely cut off due to blockages and flooded rivers. According to them, the only way for the residents of these villages to receive medical care is when someone is carrying the injured on foot, which can take up to two days.

Popular by topic