Search is called off in Haiti, as death toll hits 150,000 - Macleans.ca
 

Search is called off in Haiti, as death toll hits 150,000

Over the weekend: benefit raises millions of dollars, orphans arrive in Canada and the focus turns to aid and relocation


 

This weekend, Haiti declared the earthquake search and rescue effort. The death toll, from the January 12 disaster, is currently estimated at over 150,000 people—but it is believed that tens of thousands more bodies are still buried under the rubble. The shift will now move from searching for bodies to aid and relocation for the survivors. After Friday’s Benefit for Haiti event, there is more than $58 million to put towards the relief effort (another $16 million was raised in Canada, with the government promising to match the amount). Also this weekend, 24 Haitian orphans arrived in Canada to be united with their new families.

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