Heavy rains have fallen in recent hours in southwestern Haiti, the area most affected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale that last Saturday caused more than 1,400 deaths and 6,900 injuries. Tropical Storm Grace has unloaded intense rainfall in the area throughout the night and early morning, but this Tuesday morning only a light rain persisted in the city of Les Cayes, the most affected by the earthquake.
Thousands of buildings have collapsed in Les Cayes and other towns in the region, where according to estimates by the authorities 60,000 people have had to leave their homes due to damage to their homes. Civil Protection reported that, despite the rains, rescue operations continue to search for survivors among the rubble. This Tuesday 16 people have been rescued from the rubble of the old headquarters of the troops of the UN Stabilization Mission (Minustah) in the town of Brefèt, in Les Cayes, and 9 dead bodies have also been recovered.
Tropical Storm Grace, which is moving through the Caribbean towards the Yucatan Peninsula, was approaching Jamaica on Tuesday after dumping rains in Haiti, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Grace’s rains can still cause flooding and landslides in some parts of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti), even though the storm has already headed towards Jamaica, with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 km / h ).
The powerful earthquake, registered on Saturday, has caused 1,419 deaths and 6,900 injured, mostly in the southwest of the country, according to the latest official balance. It has also destroyed about 37,300 homes and caused structural damage to another 46,000, as well as 25 medical centers, according to authorities.