Haiti Earthquake: Response Hampered By Storms As Death Toll Approaches 2,000

Humanitarian disaster declared as country counts the cost.

The 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island nation last week causing untold damage as the government continued to count the cost.

Tropical storm ‘Grace’ made rescue operations difficult as landslides caused by flash floods hampered operations.

UN Secretary General António Guterres released a statement in an attempt to rally support for recovery:

“As assessments reveal the level of suffering, the scale of humanitarian need in Haiti continues to grow,” he continued “I call on all Member States to mobilize efforts to support Haiti in averting a humanitarian disaster.”

The United Nations has allocated $88 million from its Central Emergency Response Fund to provide sanitation relief, clean water and shelter.

Meanwhile, UNICEF estimates 1.2 million people and more than 500,000 children have been affected by the deadly event.

Many will remember the 7.0 magnitude earthquake of 2010 where more than 250,000 people died as a consequence, causing more than $8 billion of damage.

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