The death toll from Saturday’s earthquake in Haiti soared to at least 1,297 on Sunday — as the struggling nation prepared to get hammered yet again by Mother Nature with Tropical Storm Grace.
The country, still also reeling from the assassination of its prime minister, Jovenel Moïse, in July — reported more than 7,000 homes destroyed and nearly 5,000 structures damaged in the quake — including hospitals, schools and churches.
Now the National Hurricane Center is predicting 4 to 8 inches of rain in Haiti on Monday, adding the threat of floods and landslides to the battered island nation.
The country’s skyrocketing death toll from its 7.2 magnitude weekend temblor came hours after hospitals in Les Cayes, the island’s southwestern port city, reported that they were already “overwhelmed” with injured patients.
Officials said at least 5,700 people were hurt in the powerful quake in the Caribbean nation.