Death toll in massive Haiti quake jumps to over 1,200 | Malay Mail

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LES CAYES, Aug 16 — The death toll in Haiti’s powerful earthquake jumped to over 1,200 on Sunday, as crews desperately dug through collapsed buildings for survivors in the Caribbean nation still reeling from its president’s assassination. In Les Cayes, as in other hard-hit cities on the...

LES CAYES, Aug 16 — The death toll in Haiti’s powerful earthquake jumped to over 1,200 on Sunday, as crews desperately dug through collapsed buildings for survivors in the Caribbean nation still reeling from its president’s assassination.

The streets there were filled with the grinding sounds of heavy equipment lifting debris from collapsed buildings, as well as the quieter sounds of people pulling away rubble by hand in desperate searches for the missing. His younger brother Job Francois said a desperate-sounding Marcel had called to say, “‘Come save me, I’m under the concrete’... He told me he couldn’t breathe, that he was dying.”But at least 1,297 people were killed in the 7.2-magnitude tremor that struck Saturday about 100 miles to the west of the densely populated capital Port-au-Prince, which was devastated in a massive 2010 quake.

Haiti’s neighbour the Dominican Republic said it was shipping 10,000 food rations and medical equipment. Mexico also sent an aid shipment. Cuba and Ecuador dispatched medical or search-and-rescue teams. “We want to plan a better adapted response than in 2010 after the earthquake — all aid coming from abroad should be coordinated by the Civil Protection agency,” said Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

 

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