LES CAYES, HAITI—Early within the morning on Aug. 14, the small island nation of Haiti was hit by one more calamity: a 7.2 earthquake. The quake rattled the westernmost portion of the nation, destroying and damaging a whole bunch of buildings whereas killing up to 2,000 people and wounding more than 9,000.
The impoverished nation, which continues to be recovering from the 2010 earthquake and whose president was assassinated in a stunning assault this summer time, has neither the sources nor the establishments or governance to take care of this new tragedy. Virtually no assist has come from the central authorities in Port-au-Prince through the newest spherical of struggling.
Two days after the earthquake, only some vans may very well be seen speeding down the primary highway to Les Cayes in a determined try to offer aid. In Les Cayes itself, just a few fireman and catastrophe staff may very well be seen engaged on the removing of particles of a significant resort the place 4 individuals died, together with its proprietor. Onlookers gathered within the dozens on prime of the particles, accumulating metals from the collapsed concrete. Determined locals are scavenging what they will discover.
The destruction suffered within the coastal areas was additionally felt within the close by mountains the place ten of hundreds of Haitians stay in small villages dotting the one viable highway to the capital Port-au-Prince.
Corpses have been left contained in the particles for days; nobody may take away them out of the collapsed buildings. In reality, the state of affairs is so unhealthy that locals took it upon themselves to dam the primary highway to Les Cayes in a determined try to get consideration however to additionally intercept vans carrying provides.
Haiti’s woes go far deeper than its pummeling by Mom Nature. The successive governments which have tried to rule the island nation have failed to enhance the lives of its residents. As a substitute, the Haitian political elite has been extra busy filling their very own pockets somewhat than fixing the social and safety points at hand.
As overseas assist slowly arrives on location to alleviate the individuals’s struggling, the concern stays that when the subsequent earthquake or hurricane comes, as soon as once more, the individuals of Haiti will likely be left to pay the butcher’s invoice as they’ve so many instances earlier than.