Death toll of powerful earthquake in Haiti soars to 1,297

Haiti Earthquake
Posted at 10:45 AM, Aug 15, 2021

LES CAYES, Haiti (AP) — The death toll from the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that battered Haiti is soaring as rescuers race to find survivors amid the rubble ahead of a potential deluge from an approaching storm.

Authorities on Sunday raised the casualty toll to at least 1,297 dead and 5,700 injured.

Thousands more are displaced from their destroyed or damaged homes.

Survivors in some areas are sheltering in streets or soccer fields with their few salvaged belongings while overloaded hospitals scramble to help those who were injured.

The devastation could soon worsen with the coming of Tropical Depression Grace, which is predicted to reach Haiti on Monday night, bringing the potential for heavy rain, flooding, and landslides.