Haiti still in turmoil as death toll rises to 200,000

January 19th, 2010 - 10:56 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Haiti Earthquake pictures Port-Au-Prince, Jan 19 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Even though it has been 1 week since the earthquake, Haiti is still in turmoil, as there is no proper system in place. There are reports of looting and arson as the hapless Haiti people struggle for the basic necessities of every day life. The death toll in the last Tuesday’s earthquake is now feared to reach to 200,000 and around 1.5 million people were rendered homeless by the earthquake.

Aid and relief material is pouring into the country but the United Nations World Food Program said that it needs 100 million prepared meals to help victims get through the next 30 days. Meanwhile, the authorities are doing their best to cancel a second catastrophe of people dying a slow death from disease and hunger.

The medical personnel are trying to do their best in limited facilities even though they lack the basic items, like medicines and disinfected surgical tools. Thousands of victims lie in makeshift facilities waiting for treatment.

The 7.0-magnitude Haitian earthquake happened around 4.53 p.m. local time on last Tuesday, according to the United States Geological Survey, making it the strongest earthquake ever recorded within 200 kilometers. It struck about 10 miles southwest of the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince. The earthquake had a depth of only 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), so there is a greater chance of severe damage.

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