Haiti Seeks Survivors, Hope

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.
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