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Haiti Earthquake Death Toll Hits 2,000 as Survivors, Many Now Unhoused, Lashed by Tropical Storm

HeadlineAug 18, 2021

In Haiti, the death toll from Saturday’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake has jumped to nearly 2,000, with nearly 10,000 injured and some 30,000 people left without a home. In Les Cayes, near the epicenter of the quake, displaced residents were forced to huddle under tarpaulins as Tropical Storm Grace unleashed torrential downpours, further complicating recovery efforts.

Marimene Jouesil: “I am sick. I fell down when the earthquake happened. I am in a lot of pain. We have been promised medicine. I went to look for it, and I was told to wait. Yesterday they distributed aid, but I wasn’t able to get anything. It rained a lot at night. We could not sleep. We have nothing to eat. We have nothing.”

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