Grace struck southwestern Haiti, which was hit hardest by Saturday’s quake, and officials warned that it could rain 15 inches in some areas before the storm progressed.
Les Cayes, Haiti — Heavy rains from a tropical cyclone Grace temporarily suspended the Haiti government’s response to a deadly weekend quake on Tuesday, increasing the anger and frustration of thousands of homeless people. I did.
Grace struck southwestern Haiti, which was hit hardest by Saturday’s quake, and officials warned that it could rain 15 inches (38 centimeters) in some areas before the storm progressed. Heavy rain also drenched the capital of Port-au-Prince.
The storm struck Haiti late Monday. On the same day, the National Civil Protection Agency increased the number of people killed and injured in the earthquake to 1,419. Many had to wait for medical assistance lying outside in the wilting heat.
When it rained on Tuesday in the quake-damaged city of Les Cayes, patience was exhausted in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Haitians were already suffering from coronavirus, gang violence, exacerbation of poverty, and the assassination of President Jovenel Moise on July 7 when the earthquake struck.
The bodies continued to be pulled out of the rubble, and the pancake-painted three-story apartment smelled of death. The body of a 3-year-old girl found by a firefighter an hour ago was covered with simple sheets.
Neighbor Joseph Boyer, 53, said he knew the girl’s family.
“My mother and father are in the hospital, but all three children have died,” he said. The bodies of the other two brothers were previously discovered.
Illustrating the lack of government presence, volunteer firefighters from the nearby city of Cap-Haitien left their bodies in the rain because they had to be present before police were taken away.
Another neighbor, James Luxama, 24, has repeated popular rumors at many disaster sites, saying that someone is sending a text message from the rubble asking for help. However, Luxama did not personally see or receive such a message.
A large number of men yelling in front of the collapsed building are a sign of exhaustion of patience.
“Photographers go through the press, but there are no tarpaulins on the roof,” said one man who refused to name it. Jerry Chandler, head of Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency, acknowledged the situation.
“People are becoming aggressive,” Chandler said Tuesday, when heavy rains had to suspend the assessment of the quake.
About 20 soldiers have finally appeared to help the rescue team in the collapsed apartment building.
The lack of adequate assistance was made more apparent by the fact that the only assistance that arrived was from unequipped volunteers.
“We only have a hammer and hands. That’s the plan,” said Randy Rodder, a Canadian volunteer working at the Adlation Christian School in Haiti.
Rain and wind caused landslides and flash flood threats as Grace slowly passed through the Tiburon Peninsula in southwestern Haiti before heading to Jamaica and southeastern Cuba. Forecasters said it could be a hurricane before it hit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
According to officials, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake destroyed more than 7,000 homes, damaged nearly 5,000 and left about 30,000 families homeless. Hospitals, schools, offices and churches have also been demolished or severely damaged.
Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry told reporters on Monday that “we are in an exceptional situation” as a tropical cyclone approaches.
In Jeremy, police secretary Paul Menard denied social media coverage of post-earthquake looting.
“If that happened, it would have been the night of the first or second day,” Menard said.
Structural engineers from Miyamoto International, a global earthquake and structural engineering company, visited the heavily damaged areas on Monday to assist in damage assessment and search and rescue operations. The company’s CEO and president, Kit Miyamoto, said that their main mission was to inspect government water towers and damaged offices of local charities.
Miyamoto said he saw the quake-stricken area recover more strongly. He said masons and others improved building practices after the destruction of Port-au-Prince in the 2010 catastrophic earthquake. People there felt the earthquake on Saturday morning and rushed west about 75 miles into the street, but there were no reports of damage in the capital.
“The Port-au-Prince building is much better than it was in 2010. I know that,” Miyamoto said. “That’s a big difference, but that knowledge isn’t widespread. The focus is definitely on Port-au-Prince.”
Contributed by Associated Press writer Trenton Daniel in New York.
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