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Haitians attack relief vans, steal food after earthquake

Haitians overran vans full of provides, stealing food and different requirements Friday because the nation’s leaders scrambled to supply relief every week after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the impoverished nation.

The earthquake left greater than 2,200 useless and 12,000 injured within the nation’s southwest.

Many of the Haitians who swarmed the relief vans within the port metropolis of Les Cayes mentioned that they had been left homeless by the earthquake which struck final Saturday, based on an Associated Press report.

“I have been here since yesterday, not able to do anything,” mentioned Sophonie Numa, who waited exterior a world support middle in close by Camp-Perrin, based on the wire service. “I have other people waiting for me to come back with something.”

An AP photographer noticed folks stealing foam sleeping pads from a truck parked at a Red Cross compound, whereas others stole food, mentioned Jean-Michel Saba, an official with Haiti’s civil safety company. Another photographer witnessed a bunch of males pulling massive sacks from a half-opened container truck within the small city of Vye Terre.

Residents attain out for a bag of donated rice close to a truck loaded with relief provides in Vye Terre, Haiti on Aug. 20, 2021.
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A girl walks away with a package she was able to obtain when a truck loaded with relief supplies was overtaken by residents, in Vye Terre, Haiti on Aug. 20, 2021.
A lady walks away with a bundle she was in a position to receive when a truck loaded with relief provides was overtaken by residents, in Vye Terre, Haiti on Aug. 20, 2021.

Some of the vans that have been looted belonged to the US-based Food for the Poor. The vans had been transporting instances of water, rice and beans.

The quake broken roads and bridges, slowing the distribution of emergency food and medical provides, based on authorities officers.

As of Wednesday, greater than 300 folks have been nonetheless lacking, head of the civil protection for the Southern Province, which incorporates town of Les Cayes.

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