Morgues fill to capability in Haitian city hard-hit by quake Reuters by way of


© Reuters. A person walks at a morgue after Saturday’s 7.2 magnitude quake, in Les Cayes, Haiti August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo


LES CAYES, Haiti (Reuters) – Our bodies lay within the courtyard of 1 morgue within the southern Haitian metropolis of Les Cayes on Wednesday as funeral administrators struggled to deal with the arrival of corpses following a devastating earthquake that killed practically 2,000 folks.

Morgues within the bustling port city mentioned that they had run out of house to retailer corpses as rescue staff toiled for a fifth day to tug useless our bodies from the wreckage attributable to Saturday’s 7.2 magnitude quake.

Jeantine Prosper, director of the ‘Shalom’ morgue, mentioned he was having bother discovering locations to retailer the our bodies contained in the constructing and to seek out gasoline for the generator to maintain them refrigerated inside.

In a patio on the rear of his small enterprise, beneath a corrugated iron roof, a number of our bodies lay beneath sheets, sheltered from the tropical solar. Inside, corpses lay head-to-toe on the tiled ground of the refrigerated room.

“This can be a disaster,” Prosper mentioned.

He mentioned the morgue has obtained 41 our bodies since Saturday, together with six kids, and he was holding his operation open regardless that he and his household have been left homeless by the quake. 

“I might have died too,” he mentioned. “We’re all victims.”

A couple of streets away, one other morgue named Sacrecoeur had obtained 90 our bodies since Saturday. 

It was essentially the most corpses the ability had obtained in its 15-year operation, director Michel Vladimir Lamothe mentioned. It exceeded even the aftermath of a cataclysmic 2010 earthquake, which struck nearer to the capital Port-au-Prince, killing greater than 200,000 folks.  

Marc Dor Lebrun, director of an upscale funeral house and morgue, Les Entreprises Marc Dor Lebrun, in Les Cayes agreed.

“In 2010, we obtained our bodies from Port-au-Prince. Now, we’re utterly full, for the primary time in our historical past,” he mentioned. “We won’t settle for any extra our bodies.”