His younger brother Job Francois said Marcel had called to say: “‘Come save me, I’m under the concrete’… He told me he couldn’t breathe, that he was dying.” Job spent hours freeing his Marcel and his 10-year-old daughter from the heavy debris.
The death toll from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake currently stands at 1,297. The quake struck on Saturday about 100 miles west of the densely populated capital Port-au-Prince, which was devastated in a massive 2010 quake.
13,000 buildings destroyed
Around 13,600 buildings were destroyed and more than 13,700 damaged, trapping hundreds under rubble and leaving more than 5,700 people injured, the country’s civil protection agency said in an update.
Rescuers face new pressure as a tropical depression approaches, raising fears of torrential rainfall, flash floods and mudslides from late Monday, according to the US National Weather Service. The US and other nations have pledged to help Haiti cope with the latest disaster.
Wendy Sherman, deputy secretary of state, spoke with Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry on Sunday and said the US was “already putting resources in place” to bolster the country’s emergency response, spokesman Ned Price said.