A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Saturday. Death toll has now almost hit 1300 and many fear that the number will rise. Rescue teams continue to dig through the scrabble.
The official toll on Sunday night was 1297 dead and 5700 people injured. The quake has damaged all buildings. Schools, churches, hospitals, homes and even prisons. The devastated Island is bracing for another catastrophe as Tropical storm grace heads towards the already wreaked Haiti.
The level of ravage is inhibiting aid.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in America are helping with rescue operations, as well as assisting with first aid and shelter.
The U.S. has sent a 65-person rescue team to assist in search operations, said USAID administrations Samantha Power. That team joins a U.S. earthquake disaster response team already on the ground. Several Latin American countries say they’re also preparing to send humanitarian aid to Haiti.
Support organizations have warned that the death toll might rise.
“It’s devastation throughout the region,” Margaret Lubin, Haiti’s country representative for the aid organization CORE, told NPR’s Weekend Edition.
Many people are homeless. “Hospitals are totally overwhelmed,” Lubin said. “We are in need of doctors, of medicine. And the aid needs to get to the remote areas. The roads are blocked.”
“Everywhere is agony,” said program manager Allen Joseph, who is on the ground in Nippes. “Many, many people are without homes anymore. People everywhere we went were crying, worried. Moving around is very difficult.”