Haiti Death Toll Climbs to 1,297

The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Haiti on Aug.14 rose to 1,297 on Sunday.

The earthquake on Saturday also injured at least 5,700 people in the Caribbean island, with thousands more displaced from their damaged houses. 

Earthquake survivors in some locations were forced to wait outside in the scorching heat for assistance from overburdened hospitals.

Tropical Depression Grace, which is expected to hit Haiti on Monday night, might worsen the destruction. 

The National Hurricane Center in the United States cautioned that, while Grace had decreased tropical storm intensity, it still posed a hazard of heavy rain, floods, and landslides.

Haiti, where many people live in precarious conditions, is prone to earthquakes and storms. In 2018, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake killed over a dozen individuals.

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake in 2010 struck closer to heavily populated Port-au-Prince, causing extensive devastation. 

The Haitian government put the death toll at over 300,000, whereas a US government-commissioned study put it between 46,000 and 85,000.

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