After a 7.2-Magnitude Earthquake, the Death Toll in Haiti has Risen to 1,300 People

Officials say 1,300 people have died as a result of the massive earthquake that struck Haiti over the weekend, and thousands of homes have been damaged or destroyed.

On Saturday, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake was felt. Nearly 1,100 people died in the South administrative region, nearly 250 in the Grand’Anse and Nippes administrative regions, and a couple in the Northwest.

Officials believe the quake destroyed about 14,000 homes and damaged another 14,000.

Monday, hospitals were overburdened, and routes that regularly transport crucial supplies were closed.

“When it comes to medical needs, this is our biggest urgency,” Prime Minister Ariel Henry said, according to CNN. “We have started to send medications and medical personnel to the facilities that are affected.”

The earthquake was felt in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos Islands, and Cuba, among other Caribbean countries.

Phone connections were down in Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti, the epicenter of the quake, according to the Pan American Health Organization on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Ida Grace is forecast to blow into Haiti late Monday or early Tuesday, causing flooding and mudslides. The whole Haitian coast was under tropical storm warnings.

Following the killing of President Jovenel Moise last month, Haiti has been wracked by political upheaval.

The country had yet to fully recover from a 2010 earthquake that killed over 100,000 people.

Source: UPI

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