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Death toll in Haiti nears 2000

The death toll from last weekend’s massive 7.2 earthquake in Haiti has climbed to 1941.

Officials say the number has risen nearly 500 since last count, as search teams find more bodies in the rubble.

Nearly 10,000 people were injured in the devastating quake that toppled buildings across southwest Haiti, leaving tens of thousands homeless.
The Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) in Haiti is calling on citizens to donate blood as the death toll continues to rise.

The authorities said that many other persons are missing and rescue workers said there is the possibility of the death toll increasing as they resume their operations tropical depression Grace dumped rain which caused mudslides on Tuesday.

“Countless Haitian families who have lost everything due to the earthquake are now living literally with their feet in the water due to the flooding,” said Bruno Maes, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative in the country.

“Right now, about half a million Haitian children have limited or no access to shelter, safe water, healthcare and nutrition.”