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Quake-ravaged Haitian city receives aid

Aid efforts had been exceeded out on Saturday to displaced families tenting at a soccer area inside the Haitian metropolis of Les Cayes following last week's devastating earthquake.

The parcels containing food and sanitary items were distributed to those left homeless in the aftermath of the 7.2-magnitude quake.

Footage showed scuffles among the anxious crowd at the Gabion field to get hold of the packages.

In this file photo police officers monitor the crowd as earthquake victims receive supplies during the distribution of food and water at "4 Chemins" crossroads in Les Cayes. Image: REGINALD LOUISSAINT JR/AFP or licensors

Nedgy Souvenet said the situation was "not good", compounded by the weather, while Desire Claudette said she had been told she was not able to camp at the site.

The calamity, which hit the southwest of Haiti the hardest, killed nearly 2,200 people, injured more than 12,000, and destroyed or damaged more than 10,000 homes.

- Haiti Earthquake Aftermath –

In Haiti's difficult-hit metropolis of Les Cayes some attended outside church offerings on Sunday because sanctuaries have been badly broken through the earthquake as the death toll continued to rise.

Haiti's Civil Protection Agency said the toll from this month's magnitude 7.2 earthquake has grown to 2,207, with 344 people still missing.

The previous figure had been 2,189 on Wednesday.

The agency said via Twitter that 12,268 people were injured and nearly 53,000 houses were destroyed by the Aug.- 14 quake.

The new toll comes at a time while relief operations are expanding — the U.S.-based resource enterprise Samaritan's purse opened an area clinic Saturday — however authorities are struggling with safety at distribution points.

Gangs have hijacked aid trucks and desperate crowds have scuffled over bags of food.

Private donations have also been set up to assist with distribution of food and clothing.


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