Bodies lay in growing piles outside morgues as UN peacekeepers planned the first major distribution of food and water yesterday in Gonaives, a city devastated by floods that tore apart families and left hungry crowds that have mobbed truckloads of aid. \nThe death toll from deluges unleashed by Tropical Storm Jeanne climbed to more than 700, Haitian officials said on Tuesday, with more than 600 of them in Gonaives alone. More than 1,000 others were declared missing. \nCarcasses of pigs, goats and dogs still floated in muddy waters slowly receding from the streets in Gonaives, Haiti's third-largest city with some 250,000 people. Not a house escaped damage. The homeless sloshed through the streets carrying belongings on their heads, while people with houses that still had roofs tried to dry scavenged clothes. \nFlies buzzed around bloated corpses piled high at the city's three morgues. The electricity was off, and the stench of death hung over the city. \n"We're going to start burying people in mass graves," said Toussaint Kongo-Doudou, a spokesman for the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti. \nDieufort Deslorges, spokesman for Haiti's civil protection agency, said rescue workers reported recovering 691 bodies -- about 600 of them in Gonaives and more than 40 in northern Port-de-Paix. Noel Madiro Morilus, director of Terre Neuve agriculture department, said 17 people died in that farming center north of Gonaives. \nSome 1,056 people were missing, almost all from Gonaives, Deslorges said. \nDeslorges said some 250,000 people were homeless across the country, and the storm destroyed at least 4,000 homes and damaged unknown thousands more. \nEight helicopters from a Brazilian-led UN peacekeeping force shuttled shipments of water, food and supplies to Gonaives on Tuesday after Chilean troops found the road from the north impassable, said Argentine Lieutenant Colonel Gaston Irigoyen, a spokesman. \nTwo days after lashing Haiti, Jeanne regained hurricane strength over the open Atlantic on Monday but posed no immediate threat to land.
MORE RESOURCES: The prime minister announced an extra A$1.1bn in health-related spending, of which A$150m would be spent on domestic violence support services Australia yesterday announced a nearly US$100 million boost in funding to tackle domestic violence after support services reported a spike in coronavirus-related family abuse. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there had been a 75 percent surge in Google searches for help during the ongoing nationwide shutdown of non-essential services to curb the spread of COVID-19. Women’s Safety, a domestic violence charity in Australia’s most populous New South Wales state, has reported that more than 40 percent of workers had seen an increase in client numbers, with more than one-third of cases directly linked to the virus outbreak. In neighboring Victoria, women’s support
Sixty-four migrants from Ethiopia were found dead on Tuesday, crammed inside a freight container in northwestern Mozambique, a senior hospital official said. The victims were discovered in a blue cargo container loaded on a truck. They were surrounded by survivors in temperatures of about 34°C. “A truck transporting illegal immigrants from Malawi, suspected to be Ethiopians, was stopped at the Mussacana weight bridge in Tete [Province] and 64 people were found dead. Only 14 survived,” said the official, who asked not be named as he did not have the authority to speak to the media. “The cause of death is presumed to
OUTCRY: Benny Gantz’s allies accused him of surrendering ‘without a fight’ as he pushed for an alliance with the indicted Israeli prime minister Israel’s Benny Gantz on Thursday called for an emergency unity government after being elected parliamentary speaker, surprise developments that point towards an interim alliance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. Gantz’s moves appeared to offer Netanyahu, indicted on corruption charges, a path to extend his 11-year tenure, although no agreement had been declared and the shifting political landscape was causing significant fallout within the anti-Netanyahu bloc. Gantz ally Yair Lapid, who broke with the ex-military chief earlier on Thursday, accused him of surrendering “without a fight,” declaring the breakup of the Blue and White alliance that Gantz had
Canada opposes a plan by the US to send troops to its northern frontier to catch border jumpers who might be carrying COVID-19, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday. Trudeau and Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland were responding to a Global News report that said White House officials were discussing such a military deployment to the recently closed border, the world’s longest at 8,900km. Amid the pandemic it was temporarily shut as of Saturday to all non-essential travelers on both sides, but not cross-border trade. “Canada and the United States have the longest unmilitarized border in the world. And it