At least 724 people were killed and 2,800 others injured following the violent earthquake that rocked the southwest half of Haiti on Saturday, according to a new provisional report provided by the civil protection services.
A previous toll of the magnitude 7.2 earthquake reported 304 dead and thousands of injured and missing.
“The human toll of the earthquake rose at the start of the day of August 15 to 724 dead: 500 in the South, 100 in Grand’Anse, 122 in Nippes and two in the North-West”, specifies the same source in a press release.
A state of emergency was declared for a period of one month.
On January 12, 2010, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7 on the Richter scale devastated the Haitian capital and several provincial towns, killing more than 200,000 and injuring 300,000.