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Haiti Raises Earthquake Death Toll, Passes 2,200

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Last Updated: August 22, 2021, 20:17 IST

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People stand near destroyed houses, after the earthquake that took place on August 14th, in Marceline, near Les Cayes, Haiti August 20, 2021. (REUTERS)

People stand near destroyed houses, after the earthquake that took place on August 14th, in Marceline, near Les Cayes, Haiti August 20, 2021. (REUTERS)

Haitis Civil Protection Agency said Sunday that the toll from this month's magnitude 7.2 earthquake has grown to 2,207, with 344 people still missing.

Haitis Civil Protection Agency said Sunday that the toll from this month’s magnitude 7.2 earthquake has grown to 2,207, with 344 people still missing.

The previous figure had been 2,189 on Wednesday. The agency said via Twitter that 12,268 people were injured and nearly 53,000 houses were destroyed by the Aug.- 14 quake.

The new toll comes at a time when relief operations are expanding the U.S.-based aid agency Samaritans Purse opened a field hospital Saturday but authorities are struggling with security at distribution points. Gangs have hijacked aid trucks and desperate crowds have scuffled over bags of food.

In the hard-hit city of Les Cayes, meanwhile, some attended outdoor church services on Sunday because sanctuaries had been badly damaged by the quake, which was centered on the impoverished nation’s southwestern peninsula.

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first published:August 22, 2021, 20:17 IST
last updated:August 22, 2021, 20:17 IST