More than 2,000 have died from Haiti earthquake

More than 2,000 have died from Haiti earthquake
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More than 2,000 people have died from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, and tensions are growing over the slow rollout of aid to those who lost their homes.

Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency said 2,189 people have been confirmed to have died in the earthquake and more than 12,000 were injured, The Associated Press reported.

There are still dozens of individuals missing, and thousands of homes have been destroyed.


Official estimates say 30,000 families are now homeless following the natural disaster, according to the AP.

UNICEF estimated on Tuesday that 1.2 million people, including 540,000 children, have been impacted by the earthquake.

The devastation throughout the country has caused tensions to rise as the distribution of aid has been slow and not enough for all who have been impacted.

Police fired two warning shots Wednesday at a crowd of men who were outside the fence of an airport when a shipment of aid came in, the AP noted.

Aid with meal kits was given to the poorest area of Les Cayes, the city most impacted by the earthquake, where most of the houses were destroyed; however, it was not enough for everyone at the encampment. 

“It’s not enough, but we’ll do everything we can to make sure everybody gets at least something,” Vladimir Martino, a resident who took charge of distributing the food in the camp, told the AP. 

There will not be a “repeat history on the mismanagement and coordination of aid,” Prime Minister Ariel Henry said, pointing to what happened after the 2010 earthquake.