Haiti braces for tropical storm after more than 700 die in awful earthquake

Haiti is bracing itself for the strong winds and heavy rains of a deadly tropical storm, days after an earthquake left hundreds dead.

The huge ground tremors on Saturday night crushed has so far killed more than 700 people as their homes and churches caved in on them.

The earthquake's devastating 7.2 magnitude force served as a terrifying reminder of the bloodbath following the infamous quake that rocked Haiti – one of the poorest countries in the Americas – 11 years ago.

But now, horrified locals are faced with a natural disaster double whammy with Tropical Storm Grace looming, reports NBC news.

It formed on Saturday morning in the Atlantic Ocean and is growing stronger as it makes its way to Haiti.

Four to seven inches of rainfall are currently predicted for the Caribbean country with flash flooding and landslides potentially providing another blow for an island still reeling after the earthquake.

The aftermath of Saturday’s disaster showed screaming residents desperately trying to pull survivors from the rubble of collapsed building.

Buildings including hospitals, government centres and churches were reduced to bricks and dust when the ground shook.

But natural disaster isn’t the only issue facing Haiti at the moment and the country finds itself in deep political turmoil after the assassination of its president Jovenel Moïse last month.

Cops say a group of mercenaries, most of them Colombians, was behind the attack which they suspect was ordered as part of a plot to seize power.

Temporary Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, who is standing in for his assassinated late boss, tried to comfort his troubled nation after Saturday’s disaster and in the face of the dangerous storm due to hit.

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He said: "We need to show a lot of solidarity with the emergency.

“The most important thing is to recover as many survivors as possible under the rubble.”

He has declared a month of national emergency for the whole country which may be extended if the damage from the tropical storm is worse than extended.

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