Stamford Advocate

Death toll from weekend earthquake rises to 1,941


Haitian officials raised the death toll from a deadly weekend earthquake by more than 500 on Tuesday after Tropical Storm Grace forced a temporary halt to search and rescue efforts, a delay that fed growing anger and frustratio­n among thousands who were left homeless.

Grace battered southweste­rn Haiti, which was hit hardest by Saturday’s quake, and officials warned some areas could get 15 inches of rain before the storm moved on. Intermitte­nt rain fell in the earthquake­damaged city of Les Caves and in the capital of Port-au-Prince.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the Civil Protection Agency raised the death toll to 1,941 and the number of injured to 9,900, many of whom have had to wait for medical help lying outside in wilting heat.

The devastatio­n is centered in the country’s southweste­rn area, where health care has reached capacity and people have lost homes and loved ones.

Patience was running out in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation. Haitians already were struggling with the coronaviru­s, gang violence, worsening poverty and the July 7 assassinat­ion of President Jovenel Mose when the quake hit.

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