ACTNews, HAITI – An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 that rocked southwest Haiti on Saturday (8/14/2021) made Haiti's condition even more critical. It destroyed thousands of homes and public facilities in Haiti. Based on the latest reports, the death toll has reached 2,189 people. More than 12,000 people were injured in the earthquake. The epicenter was northeast of Saint Louis Du Sud, at a depth of 10 kilometers.
The death toll is also expected to continue to rise. Many victims could not be lifted from the ruins of the building. ACT’s Global Humanity Response noted that 60 thousand houses were destroyed, and 76 thousand others were damaged. The earthquake also damaged hospitals, schools, offices, and places of worship. More than 30 thousand families were left homeless.
Several aftershocks are also still frequent. Based on data compiled by ACT's Global Humanity Response (GHR), at least nine aftershocks have occurred since the first earthquake.
Heavy rains also triggered landslides which eventually hampered the evacuation of residents. Many residents decided to sleep in the field or under trees because they could not evacuate.
"No one is coming to help us," said Montette Joseph, a 33-year-old with four children who had traveled two hours in a pickup truck to reach the distribution site. The price of small bags of drinking water had tripled since the quake, she lamented.
"I am looking for assistance so I can rebuild my home and take care of my children. We are living a tragedy."
Many Haitians have complained about the sluggish arrival of aid, while fresh tremors are adding to the anxiety.
Firdaus Guritno from the GHR-ACT team said tens of thousands of Haitians, including thousands of children, desperately need humanitarian assistance. “Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. They are still recovering from the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people. This earthquake adds to the suffering of Haitians amid the Covid-19 pandemic," concluded Firdaus.