The 7.2 magnitude earthquake that jolted the Caribbean country Haiti on Saturday has taken a jump of over 500 in the death toll after Tropical Storm Grace forced a temporary halt to search and rescue operations.
According to the Civil Protection Agency, the death toll now stands at 1,941 while the number of wounded people reaches 9,900. Southwestern Haiti, which was hit hardest by Saturday’s quake, was later battered by Grace, and officials have warned that some areas could get 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain before the storm moved on. Meanwhile, the temporary halt in rescue efforts caused by Tropical Storm Grace has sparked anger among thousands who were left homeless.
The intermittent rain fell in the earthquake-damaged city of Les Caves and in the capital of Port-au-Prince. Previously, the country has been battling with coronavirus, gang violence, poverty, and the Presidential assassination of Jovenel Moise. In the badly damaged town of Les Caves, the bodies are continued to be pulled from the rubble and the smell of death hung heavily over a pancaked, three-story apartment building.