Haiti quake death toll rises to 1,200


The death toll from Saturday’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the Caribbean nation of Haiti has risen to 1,200 as of Sunday. The impoverished country is facing a new natural disaster amid political tensions following the assassination of its president last month.


Like other cities on the country’s southwestern peninsula, most people in Lee Kae have spent the night outside their homes in fear of a subsequent earthquake.


The sound of heavy equipment to remove the rubble of buildings and houses on the streets is frustrating, as well as the search for the missing continues.


Authorities say at least 1,296 people were killed in Saturday’s quake about 100 miles west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. An earthquake in 2010 killed more than 200,000 people in the region.


Saturday’s quake destroyed 13,600 buildings, damaged 13,600 and injured 5,600.

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