Earthquake | Haiti | 20th August 2021 | Virtual Wire
An earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale hit Haiti. The epicentre was located in the south about 12 kilometres from Saint-Louis du Sud, even so, the tremor was felt throughout the country.
The magnitude of this terrible earthquake was detected by the USGS, the numbers are already at over 1940 dead to date, in addition, there are thousands of people missing and also several material damages.
The number of injured is worrying everyone too much. The health system was already having problems and now they are having to improvise tents outside the health units and inside these units, the corridors and rooms are completely full.
A number of people are choosing to sleep on the street because of fear of the further collapse of their homes, the scarcity of food products and the lack of water aggravated this situation even further. all these problems come together causing complete chaos in urban areas, in the midst of debris the country is currently experiencing a total collapse.
A strong storm is falling in southwestern Haiti, one of the areas most affected by the earthquake, greatly complicating the search through the wreckage. To try to remedy all this, the United States is sending eight helicopters to fly over the region to help with rescues and also to carry out other humanitarian aid, the ONU also contributed $8 million to contribute.
The rain has diminished a little in the last few hours, and with all the help of international organizations, it is hoped that the damage will be alleviated.