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Desperation, pressure for aid increase in Haiti after quake

Aug 18, 2021, 6:00 PM | Updated: 9:52 pm
A man fixes the roof of damaged shop in Jeremie, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, four days after t...

A man fixes the roof of damaged shop in Jeremie, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, four days after the city was struck by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

(AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

LES CAYES, Haiti (AP) — Pressure for a coordinated response to Haiti’s deadly weekend earthquake mounted Wednesday as more bodies were pulled from the rubble and the injured continued to arrive from remote areas in search of medical care. Aid was slowly trickling in to help the thousands who were left homeless.

International aid workers on the ground said hospitals in the areas worst hit by Saturday’s quake are mostly incapacitated and that there is a desperate need for medical equipment. But the government told at least one foreign organization that has been operating in the country for nearly three decades that it did not need assistance from hundreds of its medical volunteers.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ariel Henry said Wednesday that his administration will work to not “repeat history on the mismanagement and coordination of aid,” a reference to the chaos that followed the country’s devastating 2010 earthquake, when the government was accused of not getting all of the money raised by donors to the people who needed it.

In a message on his Twitter account, Henry said that he “personally” will ensure that the aid gets to the victims this time around.

The Core Group, a coalition of key international diplomats from the United States and other nations that monitors Haiti, said in a statement Wednesday that its members are “resolutely committed to working alongside national and local authorities to ensure that impacted people and areas receive adequate assistance as soon as possible.”

Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency raised the number of deaths from the quake to 2,189 from an earlier count of 1,941 and said more than 12,000 people were injured. The magnitude 7.2 earthquake destroyed more than 7,000 homes and damaged more than 12,000, leaving about 30,000 families homeless, officials said. Schools, offices and churches also were demolished or badly damaged.

While some officials have suggested that the search phase has to end and heavy machinery should be called in to clear rubble, Henry appeared unwilling to move to that stage.

“Some of our citizens are still under the debris. We have teams of foreigners and Haitians working on it,” he said.

He also appealed for unity: “We have to put our heads together to rebuild Haiti.”

“The country is physically and mentally destroyed,” Henry said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said a preliminary analysis of satellite imagery after the earthquake revealed hundreds of landslides.

Tensions were growing Wednesday over the slow pace of aid efforts. At the airport in the southwest city of Les Cayes, one of the hardest-hit areas, throngs of people gathered outside the fence at the terminal after an aid flight arrived and crews began loading boxes into waiting trucks. One of the members of a Haitian national police squad on hand to guard the shipments fired two warning shots to disperse a group of young men.

Angry crowds also massed at collapsed buildings in the city, demanding tarps to create temporary shelters that were needed more than ever after Tropical Storm Grace brought heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday.

One of the first food deliveries by local authorities — a couple dozen boxes of rice and pre-measured, bagged meal kits — reached a tent encampment set up in one of the poorest areas of Les Cayes, where most of the warren’s one-story, cinderblock, tin-roofed homes were damaged or destroyed by Saturday’s quake.

But the shipment was clearly insufficient for the hundreds who have lived under tents and tarps for five days.

“It’s not enough, but we’ll do everything we can to make sure everybody gets at least something,” said Vladimir Martino, a resident of the camp who took charge of the precious cargo for distribution.

Gerda Francoise, 24, was one of dozens who lined up in the wilting heat in hopes of receiving food. “I don’t know what I’m going to get, but I need something to take back to my tent,” said Francoise. “I have a child.”

The quake wiped out many of the sources of food and income that the poor depend on for survival in Haiti, which is already struggling with the coronavirus, gang violence and the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.

“We don’t have anything. Even the (farm) animals are gone. They were killed by the rockslides,” said Elize Civil, 30, a farmer in the village of Fleurant, near the quake’s epicenter.

Civil’s village and many of those in the Nippes province depend on livestock such as goats, cows and chickens for much of their income, said Christy Delafield, who works with the U.S.-based relief organization Mercy Corps. The group is considering cash distributions to allow residents to continue buying local products from small local businesses that are vital to their communities.

Large-scale aid has not yet reached many areas, and one dilemma for donors is that pouring huge amounts of staple foods purchased abroad could, in the long run, hurt local producers.

“We don’t want to flood the area with a lot of products coming in from off the island,” Delafield said. She said aid efforts must also take a longer view for areas like Nippes, which has been hit in recent years by ever-stronger cyclical droughts and soil erosion. Support for adapting farming practices to the new climate reality — with less reliable rainfall and more tropical storms — is vital, she said.

Etzer Emile, a Haitian economist and professor at Quisqueya University, a private institution in the capital of Port-au-Prince, said the disaster will increase Haitians’ dependence on remittances from abroad and assistance from international nongovernmental groups.

“Foreign aid unfortunately never helps in the long term,” he said. “The southwest needs instead activities that can boost economic capacity for jobs and better social conditions.”

One of the country’s most immediate needs now is medical equipment.

“The hospitals are all broken and collapsed, the operating rooms aren’t functional, and then if you bring tents, it’s hurricane season, they can blow right away,” said Dr. Barth Green, president and co-founder of Project Medishare, an organization that has worked in Haiti since 1994 to improve health services.

Green was hopeful the U.S. military would establish a field hospital in the affected area.

U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crews concentrated on the most urgent task, ferrying the injured to less-stressed medical facilities. A U.S. Navy amphibious warship, the USS Arlington, was expected to head for Haiti on Wednesday with a surgical team and landing craft.

Green noted that his organization has “hundreds of medical volunteers, but the Haitian government tells us they don’t need them.”

He said Project Medishare was deploying nonetheless, along with other organizations. He said he sensed caution on the part of the government after bad experiences with outside aid following previous disasters.

At the public hospital in L’Asile, deep in a remote stretch of countryside in the southwest, the obstetrics, pediatric and operating wing collapsed, though everyone made it out. Despite the damage, the hospital was able to treat about 170 severely injured quake victims in improvised tents set up on the grounds of the facility.

People were arriving from isolated villages with broken arms and legs.

Hospital director Sonel Fevry said five such patients showed up Tuesday.

“We do what we can,” Fevry said.

Mercy Corps said about half of L’Asile’s homes were destroyed and 90% were affected in some way. Most public buildings where people would normally shelter also were destroyed. The nearby countryside was devastated: In one 10-mile (16-kilometer) stretch, not a single house, church, store or school was left standing.

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Associated Press writers Trenton Daniel in New York; Christopher Sherman and Regina Garcia Cano in Mexico City; and David McFadden in Baltimore contributed to this report.

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              A man fixes the roof of damaged shop in Jeremie, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, four days after the city was struck by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              A man sits in front of a damaged building in Jeremie, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, four days after the city was struck by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              A mattress lays inside a structure at a school that residents have inhabited after being displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A woman displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake flosses her teeth amid improvised tents set up by displaced residents next to a school, in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) both
            
              A person injured in a car accident is carried to the General Hospital that is full of people injured in the earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A person injured from the earthquake lies on a stretcher as another who was injured in a car accident sits behind, at the General Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Homes lay in ruins along an earthquake-damaged road in Rampe, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, four days after 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the southwestern part of the country. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              A relative attend sthe burial of Francois Elmay after his body was recovered from the rubble of a home destroyed by Saturday's 7.2 magnitude earthquake, in Tobek, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)
            
              A man carries two of about 20 boxes of food aid from the city government to cook on site for residents displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake staying in improvised tents next to a school in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) both
            
              People stand next to the coffin that contains the remains of Francois Elmay whose body was recovered from the rubble of a home destroyed by Saturday's  7.2-magnitude earthquake, in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)
            
              Men carry the coffin containing the remains of Francois Elmay after recovering his body from the rubble of a home destroyed by Saturday's 7.2 magnitude earthquake, in Tobek, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)
            
              A person who was injured in the earthquake is carried away after getting an x-ray at the General Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A person injured in a car accident is attended at the General Hospital that is full of people injured in the earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A boy who was injured in Saturday's 7.2-magnitude earthquake, sits on a bed at the Saint Antoine hospital in Jeremie, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              People injured in a car accident, sitting right, wait with others injured during the earthquake for x-rays at the General Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A man fixes the roof of damaged shop in Jeremie, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, four days after the city was struck by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              A man sits in front of a damaged building in Jeremie, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, four days after the city was struck by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              A mattress lays inside a structure at a school that residents have inhabited after being displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A woman displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake flosses her teeth amid improvised tents set up by displaced residents next to a school, in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) both
            
              A person injured in a car accident is carried to the General Hospital that is full of people injured in the earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A person injured from the earthquake lies on a stretcher as another who was injured in a car accident sits behind, at the General Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A relative attend sthe burial of Francois Elmay after his body was recovered from the rubble of a home destroyed by Saturday's 7.2 magnitude earthquake, in Tobek, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)
            
              A man carries two of about 20 boxes of food aid from the city government to cook on site for residents displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake staying in improvised tents next to a school in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) both
            
              Men carry the coffin containing the remains of Francois Elmay after recovering his body from the rubble of a home destroyed by Saturday's 7.2 magnitude earthquake, in Tobek, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)
            
              A person who was injured in the earthquake is carried away after getting an x-ray at the General Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A person injured in a car accident is attended at the General Hospital that is full of people injured in the earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A boy who was injured in Saturday's 7.2-magnitude earthquake, sits on a bed at the Saint Antoine hospital in Jeremie, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              People injured in a car accident, sitting right, wait with others injured during the earthquake for x-rays at the General Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A mattress lays inside a structure at a school that residents have inhabited after being displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A mattress lays inside a structure at a school that residents have inhabited after being displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A woman displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake flosses her teeth amid improvised tents set up by displaced residents next to a school, in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) both
            
              A woman displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake flosses her teeth amid improvised tents set up by displaced residents next to a school, in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) both
            
              A person injured in a car accident is carried to the General Hospital that is full of people injured in the earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A person injured in a car accident is carried to the General Hospital that is full of people injured in the earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A person injured from the earthquake lies on a stretcher as another who was injured in a car accident sits behind, at the General Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A person injured from the earthquake lies on a stretcher as another who was injured in a car accident sits behind, at the General Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Homes lay in ruins along an earthquake-damaged road in Rampe, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, four days after 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the southwestern part of the country. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              A relative attend sthe burial of Francois Elmay after his body was recovered from the rubble of a home destroyed by Saturday's 7.2 magnitude earthquake, in Tobek, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)
            
              A relative attend sthe burial of Francois Elmay after his body was recovered from the rubble of a home destroyed by Saturday's 7.2 magnitude earthquake, in Tobek, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)
            
              A man carries two of about 20 boxes of food aid from the city government to cook on site for residents displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake staying in improvised tents next to a school in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) both
            
              A man carries two of about 20 boxes of food aid from the city government to cook on site for residents displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake staying in improvised tents next to a school in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) both
            
              People stand next to the coffin that contains the remains of Francois Elmay whose body was recovered from the rubble of a home destroyed by Saturday's  7.2-magnitude earthquake, in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)
            
              People stand next to the coffin that contains the remains of Francois Elmay whose body was recovered from the rubble of a home destroyed by Saturday's  7.2-magnitude earthquake, in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)
            
              Men carry the coffin containing the remains of Francois Elmay after recovering his body from the rubble of a home destroyed by Saturday's 7.2 magnitude earthquake, in Tobek, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)
            
              A girl plays inside a classroom where her family is staying at a school turned into a shelter for those displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Men carry the coffin containing the remains of Francois Elmay after recovering his body from the rubble of a home destroyed by Saturday's 7.2 magnitude earthquake, in Tobek, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)
            
              A person who was injured in the earthquake is carried away after getting an x-ray at the General Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A person who was injured in the earthquake is carried away after getting an x-ray at the General Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A person injured in a car accident is attended at the General Hospital that is full of people injured in the earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A person injured in a car accident is attended at the General Hospital that is full of people injured in the earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A boy who was injured in Saturday's 7.2-magnitude earthquake, sits on a bed at the Saint Antoine hospital in Jeremie, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              People injured in a car accident, sitting right, wait with others injured during the earthquake for x-rays at the General Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              People injured in a car accident, sitting right, wait with others injured during the earthquake for x-rays at the General Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A mattress lays inside a structure at a school that residents have inhabited after being displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A mattress lays inside a structure at a school that residents have inhabited after being displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A girl displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake looks into the camera, as she stays next to a school where residents are taking shelter in improvised tents in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A girl displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake looks into the camera, as she stays next to a school where residents are taking shelter in improvised tents in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A woman displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake flosses her teeth amid improvised tents set up by displaced residents next to a school, in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) both
            
              A woman displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake flosses her teeth amid improvised tents set up by displaced residents next to a school, in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) both
            
              A child crouches next to man sleeping on the porch of his home in Les Cayes, Haiti, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, two days after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the southwestern part of the country. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A child crouches next to man sleeping on the porch of his home in Les Cayes, Haiti, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, two days after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the southwestern part of the country. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              People wait inside a school-turned-shelter for those displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              People wait inside a school-turned-shelter for those displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A person injured in a car accident is carried to the General Hospital that is full of people injured in the earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A man carries two of about 20 boxes of food aid from the city government to cook on site for residents displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake staying in improvised tents next to a school in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) both
            
              A man carries two of about 20 boxes of food aid from the city government to cook on site for residents displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake staying in improvised tents next to a school in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) both
            
              A mattress lays inside a structure at a school that residents have inhabited after being displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A girl displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake looks into the camera, as she stays next to a school where residents are taking shelter in improvised tents in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A woman displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake flosses her teeth amid improvised tents set up by displaced residents next to a school, in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) both
            
              A child crouches next to man sleeping on the porch of his home in Les Cayes, Haiti, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, two days after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the southwestern part of the country. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              People wait inside a school-turned-shelter for those displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              People injured in the earthquake are attended outside the Ofatma Hospital because some interior walls were cracked by the earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A person injured from the earthquake lies on a stretcher as another who was injured in a car accident sits behind, at the General Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A man carries two of about 20 boxes of food aid from the city government to cook on site for residents displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake staying in improvised tents next to a school in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) both
            
              A person who was injured in the earthquake is carried away after getting an x-ray at the General Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A person injured in a car accident is attended at the General Hospital that is full of people injured in the earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              People injured in a car accident, sitting right, wait with others injured during the earthquake for x-rays at the General Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Residents wade through a flooded road the morning after Tropical Storm Grace swept over Trou Mahot, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, three days after a 7.2 magnitude quake. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              Residents watch an excavator remove rubble from a collapsed building three days after a 7.2 magnitude quake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, the day after Tropical Storm Grace swept the area. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              Residents wade through a flooded road the morning after Tropical Storm Grace swept over Trou Mahot, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, three days after a 7.2 magnitude quake. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              Residents watch an excavator remove rubble from a collapsed building three days after a 7.2 magnitude quake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, the day after Tropical Storm Grace swept the area. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              A girl plays inside a classroom where her family is staying at a school turned into a shelter for those displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Residents wade through a flooded road the morning after Tropical Storm Grace swept over Trou Mahot, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, three days after a 7.2 magnitude quake. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              Residents watch an excavator remove rubble from a collapsed building three days after a 7.2 magnitude quake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, the day after Tropical Storm Grace swept the area. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              Residents wade through a flooded road the morning after Tropical Storm Grace swept over Trou Mahot, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, three days after a 7.2 magnitude quake. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              Residents watch an excavator remove rubble from a collapsed building three days after a 7.2 magnitude quake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, the day after Tropical Storm Grace swept the area. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              Residents walk along an earthquake-damaged road in Rampe, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              A woman displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake flosses her teeth amid improvised tents set up by displaced residents next to a school, in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) both
            
              A girl plays inside a classroom where her family is staying at a school turned into a shelter for those displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A man carries two of about 20 boxes of food aid from the city government to cook on site for residents displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake staying in improvised tents next to a school in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) both
            
              A woman displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake flosses her teeth amid improvised tents set up by displaced residents next to a school, in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) both
            
              A girl plays inside a classroom where her family is staying at a school turned into a shelter for those displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A man carries two of about 20 boxes of food aid from the city government to cook on site for residents displaced by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake staying in improvised tents next to a school in Les Cayes, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) both
            
              Residents wade through a flooded road the morning after Tropical Storm Grace swept over Trou Mahot, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, three days after a 7.2 magnitude quake. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              Residents watch an excavator remove rubble from a collapsed building three days after a 7.2 magnitude quake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, the day after Tropical Storm Grace swept the area. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              An earthquake-displaced woman sits under a piece of plastic in a field the morning after Tropical Storm Grace swept over Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, three days after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)
            
              Earthquake-displaced people are exposed to the elements the morning after Tropical Storm Grace swept over Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, three days after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A soldier walks over earthquake rubble the morning after Tropical Storm Grace swept over Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, three days after the 7.2 magnitude quake. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              Canadian volunteer Randy Lodder helps search for people who may be trapped under the earthquake rubble the morning after Tropical Storm Grace swept over Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, three days after a 7.2 magnitude quake. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              People watch the search for those who may be trapped under the earthquake rubble the morning after Tropical Storm Grace swept over Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, three days after the 7.2 magnitude quake. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              People cover their noses from the smell of corpses buried under the rubble, the morning after Tropical Storm Grace swept over Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, three days after a 7.2 magnitude quake. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              A youth walks near the sea after Tropical Storm Grace swept over Port Salut, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, three days after a 7.2 magnitude quake. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              A member of the armed forces secures the area where people watch firefighters  try to recover a body from the rubble of a home destroyed by the earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, three days after the 7.2 -magnitude quake hit. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)
            
              A girl sleeps inside a church sheltering earthquake-displaced people the morning after Tropical Storm Grace swept over Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, three days after a 7.2 magnitude quake. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              Earthquake-displaced children huddle under a piece of plastic the morning after Tropical Storm Grace swept over Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, three days after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)
            
              A building lays in ruins three days after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake and the morning after Tropical Storm Grace swept over Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            
              The covered body of a boy who was found in a collapsed building lies in the back of a truck at the entrance to a cemetery in Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, three days after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit. According to an engineer working for Les Cayes Mayor, the boy's body was found Monday amid the rubble of a collapsed hostal. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              A man carries the body of a boy, who was found in a collapsed building, into the cemetery in Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, three days after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit. According to an engineer working for Les Cayes Mayor, the boy's body was found Monday amid the rubble of a collapsed hostal. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              A nurse tends to a baby born the day after an earthquake at the Immaculee Conception hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. A 7.2-magnitude quake hit the southwestern part of Haiti Aug. 14. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              Injured people sit in the ambulance that transferred them from another town to the Immaculee Conception hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, three days after an earthquake struck the southwestern part of the nation. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
            
              A boy grimaces in pain, at the Immaculee Conception hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, three days after an earthquake struck the southwestern part of the nation. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

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