The death toll in Haiti rose to 17 on Monday and the number of injured people doubled after disaster response volunteers were finally able to reach some remote communities affected by Saturday’s 5.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked the northern region.
A total of 333 people were injured, the Office of Civil Protection said, as it began the painstaking process of trying to coordinate assistance from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other aid groups while also figuring out how to get assistance to those who lost homes during the tremor or remained too afraid to sleep inside.
“We are in the streets. We don’t have anywhere to live. Our home is destroyed,” said Agathe Beaubrun, after arriving at Port-de-Paix’s main public hospital, Immaculate Conception Hospital, for medical attention. “All of the children are crying. We don’t know what to do.”
After two days of searching for victims of the disaster, the country moved into a response phase Monday. The government faced two challenges: attending to the injured and managing fears.
Source: Miami Herald