Haitians are scrambling to pull the injured from rubble left by Saturday’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake as the number of dead reached 1,300, The Haitian Times reports.
What we know:
- Haitian police and military will escort health workers and medical equipment through roads blocked by gangs to reach the country’s hard-hit southwest near the town of Les Cayes, according to another Haitian Times article.
- 250+ Cuban doctors arrived late Saturday to treat the injured. Lacking medical supplies, local health workers were using cardboard as splints for broken limbs.
- Hospitals are overflowing with thousands of injured. In one badly hit city in the northwest, Jeremie, doctors were forced to treat patients under trees and beside the road, Reuters reports.
- In addition to toppled buildings and shattered churches, nearly 14,000 homes were destroyed—a number that is likely to rise.
- The US has sent supplies and a 65-member urban search-and-rescue team with specialized equipment.
- A tropical depression named Grace is expected to lash Haiti and the Dominican Republic today and tomorrow with strong winds and heavy rain, CNN reports.
Back to top