Haiti earthquake death toll rises to 1,941, more than 9,900 injured

The death toll from a weekend earthquake in Haiti has risen to 1,941, with more than 9,900 people injured, Haitian authorities said Tuesday. This came after remnants of Tropical Depression Grace brought heavy rains to the country, complicating search and rescue efforts.

CBS News traveled by helicopter to the hardest-hit areas as some roads were blocked by landslides. From the air, the destruction is not obvious – only when you are on the ground does the full extent of the devastation become clear.

In Les Cayes, one of Haiti’s largest cities, many homes and businesses have been destroyed, forcing many to camp out in the open. Nearly 20 kilometers to the north, in the village of Maniche, Mayor David Brinar said 98 percent of the city has been destroyed. He said that what is needed most now are tents and materials to rebuild houses.

One woman who spoke to CBS News said she lost her home and her sister in the earthquake. She said she is traumatized, has nowhere to go, and many people in the village are sleeping outside.

The earthquake and tropical storm, combined with a serious outbreak of coronavirus, brought the country’s health care infrastructure to its knees. Overcrowded hospitals in the hardest-hit areas are the only ones still standing after Saturday’s monstrous earthquake. Many others have been reduced to ruins, with victims seeking help wherever they can find it.

Residents of Maniche say that while their needs are urgent, villages in the surrounding mountains are in dire straits. Roads are completely cut off due to debris and flooded rivers. According to them, the only way for the inhabitants of these villages to get medical care is for someone to carry the wounded on foot, which can take up to two days.

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