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Tropical Storm Grace arrived in Haiti on Monday and is expected to hit the same area of the country that is still affected by Saturday’s strong earthquake. The earthquake killed about 1,300 people and injured thousands.
The country’s civil defense agency issued an orange alert and warned of “heavy rain, thunder and gusts”. .. On the southern peninsula of the country,” where rescuers are still looking for survivors 7.2 magnitude earthquake And the place where the medical team is treating the wounded, usually outdoors because the hospital is full.
The agency urges people to “avoid all dangerous areas such as streams, rivers, mountains and coasts.”
Videos on social media It implies that Grace has reached the eastern part of Haiti, bringing heavy rain. It is expected to pass through the earthquake-shattered west later in the day.
In the town of Petit-Trou-de-Nippes, the earthquake center about 150 kilometers from the capital, Port-au-Prince, rescuers described a terrifying scene.
“We conducted some preliminary assessments of Nippes’ loss, and it was painful everywhere,” Allen Joseph, project manager of the aid agency Mercy Corps, told the Financial Times. “Many, many people are no longer homeless. Everywhere we go, people are crying and worrying.
“It’s very difficult to move around. We found a bridge and other challenges of moving around and transporting supplies. There were aftershocks all day long.”
The magnitude 7.2 earthquake is stronger than the devastating earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people in 2010. Almost all the victims this time were in Grand Ans, Nipps and the three southern provinces of the southern peninsula of Haiti.
The earthquake occurred at a desperate moment in Haiti.Last month, the country’s president Jovenel Moïse was assassinated, Increasing the uncertainty of his succession, and intensifying political tensions in the months before the election is about to take place.
The country’s prime minister, Ariel Henry, has always held this position Less than a month, Has declared a state of emergency. In response to criticism of the slowness of providing assistance to victims, he said: “From this Monday, we will take action at a faster pace.”
“We will increase our energy tenfold to provide assistance to as many victims as possible,” he wrote on Twitter.
In Washington, President Joe Biden sent a team of 65 rescue workers to Caribbean countries.
According to data from the World Bank, this earthquake revived people’s memories of the devastating 2010 earthquake, which caused as many as 300,000 deaths, thousands of people homeless, and caused approximately 8 billion U.S. dollars in damage. Equivalent to 120% of GDP.
Since then, Haiti has been struggling to recover and was hit by Hurricane Matthew in 2016-the worst storm in half a century.
The country has also suffered man-made disasters. UN peacekeepers deployed to the island after the 2010 earthquake inadvertently triggered Cholera outbreak By polluting key water sources. Since then, the disease has killed at least 10,000 Haitians.