Haiti protests turn deadly

admin   •   February 13, 2019   •   3611

Vehicle on fire in the middle of a street in Port-au-Prince. Haiti on February 12, 2019 | Reuters

A man was shot during violent protests in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday (February 12) as Haitians continue to demonstrate against the state of the economy and corruption.

In graphic images, a man can be seen lying on the ground surrounded by other protesters after having been shot.

Protesters also set fire to a vehicle, while other people looted a store in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince.

The protests come amidst public anger over suspected corruption and allegations of embezzlement of funds of Petrocaribe, a Venezuela-sponsored oil programme.

At the backdrop of the protests is a local economy that is stagnating, a falling currency and soaring inflation. Protesters are calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. — Reuters

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Fire hits FDA building in Muntinlupa

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A fire hit one of the storage buildings of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Monday evening (August 23).

According to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the fire started from an autoclave of one of the feed dryer machines in FDA’s storage building past 7:00 p.m.

Authorities are currently investigating the cause of the fire. Based on initial reports, the blaze may have been caused by faulty wiring.

The fire reached first alarm and was declared fire out at around 8:00 p.m. No one was injured in the incident but has left P100,000 worth of damaged properties according to the FDA.

The agency assured that operations will still continue despite the incident. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Death toll from 7.2 earthquake in Haiti soars to 1,400

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 17, 2021

Death toll from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on August 14 has reached 1,400.

In addition to the fatalities, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that as of Monday, the number of injured from the incident stands at 6,900 while hundreds more are still missing.

The organization also noted there is a lack of medical supplies and hospital spaces to tend to the injured.

“The dire health situation remains the most pressing concern, as several hospitals have been damaged or destroyed, while those still operating are completely overwhelmed, lacking sufficient personnel and medical supplies,” the OCHA said.

Haitian Civil Protection also reported that more than 37,300 homes have been destroyed and 46,000 have sustained damages, leaving thousands homeless. The agency said the numbers will continue to grow over the coming days and weeks, creating significant shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs.

Search and rescue operations and relief operations continue. USAID deployed a 65-member search and rescue team and the Coordinating Unit (CU) of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will provide operational assistance. AAC

Death toll reaches over 1,200 after 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits Haiti

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 16, 2021

Death toll in Haiti has reached 1,297 and more than 5,700 injured after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Caribbean island nation on Saturday (August 14).

Haiti’s prime minister Ariel Henry, declared a month-long state of emergency while search and rescue operations are underway for survivors.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake occurred 78 miles (125 km) west of the capital city of Port-au-Prince at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). USGS scientists expect that this event will trigger aftershocks, but these will decrease in frequency over time.

Meanwhile, United Nations (UN) Secretary General António Guterres extends its condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Haiti.

“The United Nations, together with the humanitarian community in Haiti, is supporting the Government’s efforts to assist those affected by the earthquake and stands ready to provide further backing to the response,” according to Guterres’ spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric. AAC

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