Haiti suffered from tropical depression Grace, two days after the country registered Strong earthquake According to the most recent official pending, 1,419 victims and more than 6.9 thousand were injured. This morning, the National Hurricane Center said the low pressure area turned into a storm.
Heavy rain and winds of up to 75km / h prevented people from searching under possible rubble and rescue operations have been halted in several areas. An estimated 40,000 homes were destroyed in Saturday’s quake.
The quake, which measured 7.2 on the Richter scale, struck parts of southwestern Haiti, flooding at least one area and destroying cities devastated by high winds and heavy rains.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm is expected to bring up to 38 centimeters of rain in some parts of Haiti, creating the risk of a hurricane.
Haiti has been plagued by severe weather events for more than a decade. In 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated the entire nation, killing more than 200,000 people and injuring 300,000. In 2016, the hurricane hit the region and killed hundreds and thousands lost their homes.
The country has never recovered from the 2010 quake and is plagued by misguided, ongoing political battles and power conspiracies. The most recent of these is the assassination of President Joanel Moyes, which is yet to be clarified.
Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry has ordered three days of mourning for the victims of the quake.
“Everyone is well aware that we are living in a new catastrophic situation and it causes a lot of suffering, so we decided to start tomorrow. [hoje] There will be three days of national mourning, ”Henry told reporters at midnight.
The Prime Minister, regretting the loss of “many lives”, ordered all public buildings to hoist the flag at half-mast. Henry still called for “unity and solidarity” among Haitians.
With information from Ansa and Reuters
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