Haiti earthquake: Death toll rises to 2,189, more than 12,000 injuredtext_fields
Port-au-Prince, Haiti : The number of people, who have died as a result of the earthquake in Haiti, has risen to 2,189, an American news agency reported, citing the country's civil protection agency. According to the previous estimation, the death toll stood at 1,941 people.
"The toll from the earthquake is 2,189," the agency said on Twitter.
More than 12,260 people were injured when the quake hit the southwestern part of Haiti on Saturday, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) to the west of the capital Port-au-Prince, according to the updated toll.
The civil protection agency added that 332 people have been reported missing and rescue operations were ongoing.
Tens of thousands of buildings were destroyed and damaged in the impoverished country still recovering from another devastating earthquake in 2010.
Haiti has also been beleaguered by gang violence, Covid-19, and political chaos, which spiked last month after the assassination of president Jovenel Moise.
The government has declared a month-long state of emergency in the four provinces affected by the quake.
UNICEF estimates that some 1.2 million people, including 540,000 children, have been affected by the earthquake and about half a million Haitian children have limited or no access to shelter, safe water, health care and nutrition.