AFP, Released on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 10:39 p.m.
Wet, exhausted people with no choice but to urinate and defecate on flooded streets: Haiti’s southwest hours are engulfed in chaos, with victims of its latest quake on Tuesday helpless. Storm
In the city of Les Guys, more than 200 people have begun building dangerous shelters on a flooded football field under constant wind and rain. A magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook the region on Saturday, destroying tens of thousands of homes in a matter of seconds. At least 1,941 people were killed, according to a more “partial” estimate announced Tuesday by the Haitian Civil Defense.
With a shower cap to protect herself from the drops, Maggie Cadet was exhausted by the three days of hardship she had experienced.
“We don’t even have room to do our needs, so we have to look in the streets to free ourselves,” the 41-year-old laments, her nerves rubbed by the incessant vibrations of the earthquake.
“Last evening, I took refuge near the church, but when we realized the earth was shaking again, I ran back here,” she sighed.
About 9,900 people were injured in the quake and its aftershocks. Authorities say 34 people have been rescued alive from the rubble in the past 48 hours.
– “wetter than dead” –
In addition to the test of victims sleeping outside, it was raining on Tuesday with tropical storm Grace. According to the Miami-based U.S. Hurricane Center, rainfall could cause “major flooding.”
Under these conditions, Haitian authorities have called for “serious awareness” of cracked houses that could collapse under the weight of rain.
The United States, which has evacuated about 40 people for emergency treatment, has chartered eight helicopters to measure the extent of the disaster through aerial images.
In a hurry with temporary shelters, people get annoyed.
“Last night, we had a bad time. Lots of wind and then rain. I sat down: every time, the wind sent us water,” says Natasha Larmira when she was skinny with one hand. Attached to it.
“I don’t want to go under a gallery or a corner of a wall because we ‘ve all seen people die under sections of walls. So we resign: it’s better to be wet than dead,” she laments.
– “Government does not control anything” –
Vladimir Gilles, drenched in continuous rain, tried to plant some deep bamboo pieces in the meadow to protect his wife and child.
“My house was destroyed, I have nowhere to sleep. We need a plastic sheet to sleep in a dry place but the government does not control anything,” the 28-year-old said.
Prime Minister Ariel Henry has declared a month-long state of emergency in four areas affected by the disaster.
But the poorest country on the American continent faces political turmoil, a month after the assassination of its leader, Jovnell Moss, further complicating its administration.
UNICEF on Tuesday estimated that 1.2 million people, including 540,000 children, were affected by the crisis.
Water access is highly restricted in places like Pestal City, where more than 1,800 tanks are cracked or crushed, raising fears that health conditions could deteriorate. A few months after the devastating earthquake of 2010, which claimed the lives of 200,000 people, the UN Improper maintenance of wastewater at the site facilitated the spread of cholera in the country.
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