More victims of Haiti’s deadly weekend quake were admitted to hospitals full of thousands of patients on Wednesday, while bodies are still being found in collapsed buildings five days after the disaster.
Angry crowds gathered at the collapsed buildings, demanding temporary shelters, especially as Tropical Storm Grace brought heavy rains Monday and Tuesday, adding to the misery in the impoverished country.
On Tuesday night, Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency put the death toll from Saturday’s quake at 1,941. He also said that 9,900 were injured, many of them waiting outside in the scorching heat for medical treatment.
Foreign aid was arriving, but slowly. US Coast Guard helicopter crews focused on urgent work, transporting the injured to low-pressure medical facilities.
Volunteers found the body of a man in the rubble of a collapsed apartment building in the town of Les Keys, where the stench of death hung in the tropical heat.
The 7.2-magnitude quake destroyed more than 7,000 homes and damaged about 5,000, displacing about 30,000 families, officials said. Hospitals, schools, offices and churches were also demolished or badly damaged.
It has cut off many sources of food and income on which many poor depend on to survive in Haiti, which is already struggling with the corona virus, gang violence and the July 7 assassination of President Juanel Moses. Is.
“We don’t have anything. Even the (farm) animals are gone,” said Eliz Sol, a 30-year-old farmer from the village of Florent, near the epicenter of the quake.
At the government hospital in L’Asile, in a remote rural area in the southwest, people were arriving from different villages with broken arms and legs.
The hospital’s director, Sunil Fury, said five such patients appeared on Tuesday. Grinding exacerbates poverty, bad roads and belief in natural remedies.
“All we can do is remove the necrotized tissues and give them antibiotics and try to separate them,” Fury said.
Mercy Corps, a US-based aid organization, said half of L’Asile’s homes were destroyed and 90 percent were affected. Most government buildings where people usually took refuge were also destroyed.
The quake affected more rural areas than urban areas, and reports of what happened there are still circulating. The maternity, pediatric and operating wings at L’Asile Hospital collapsed, although everyone was evacuated. Despite the damage, the hospital was able to treat about 170 victims of the quake in tents set up at the facility.
There was devastation in the nearby countryside: not a single house, church, store or school was left standing in a 10 mile (16 km) stretch.
The U.S. Geological Survey says a preliminary analysis of satellite imagery after the quake “at least 150 landslides west of the town of L’Asile in the Department of Des Napes and hundreds of landslides in the mountains I appeared. “
Rain and wind from the tropical storm Grace caused further landslides and forced search and rescue efforts to be suspended, sparking anger and frustration among thousands of homeless people.
Eitzer Emile, a Haitian economist and professor at the University of Quebec, a private company based in Port-au-Prince, said the quake’s effects were almost certainly causing more long-term poverty for the country’s struggling southwest. Will become Political instability along the southern roads in the region and gang crime have hampered economic activity, especially in recent years.
“The earthquake has already knocked a regional economy to its knees for nearly two and a half years,” the email said in an email.
He said the disaster would increase Haiti’s reliance on remittances and support for international NGOs.
Foreign aid unfortunately never helps in the long run. Instead, the Southwest needs activities that can increase economic potential for jobs and better social conditions.
Kid in Need of Defense, a Washington-based group of immigrant children advocates, has called on the US government to stop deporting Haiti.
Foreign aid is slow to arrive.
The U.S. military’s Southern Command said it was transporting eight helicopters from Honduras to Haiti. Three U.S. Coast Guard helicopters assisted in the rescue and transported 17,350 pounds of cargo. A US Navy amphibious warship, the USS Arlington, will leave for Haiti on Wednesday with a surgical team and landing craft.