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Earthquake victims quarrel over a bag of food as part of the humanitarian aid in Les Cayes, Haiti. Photo: Richard Pierrin/Getty Images

The death toll from last weekend's earthquake in Haiti has climbed to more than 2,200, with 344 people still missing, the country's Civil Protection Agency said Sunday.

The big picture: The updated toll comes as the government and relief groups struggle to distribute aid due to the security situation in the country, AP reports. Relief operations are underway but face difficulties due to local gangs, who control access to certain areas and have hijacked some aid trucks.

  • More than 12,260 people were injured in the quake, and an estimated 53,000 houses were destroyed, officials said.
In photos
A severely damaged road to Camp-Perrin leading to Jeremie is seen on Aug. 16. Photo: Reginald Louissaint Jr./AFP via Getty Images
A bulldozer clears the rubble of a building that collapsed in the earthquake in Brefet, Haiti. Photo: Reginald Louissaint Jr./AFP via Getty Images
People gather in a makeshift camp in Les Cayes, Haiti. Photo: Reginald Louissaint Jr./AFP via Getty Images
A man throws a bag of rice into a crowd of earthquake victims gathered to receive food and water in Les Cayes, Haiti. Photo: Reginald Louissaint Jr./AFP via Getty Images
People stand by the debris of a collapsed building on Aug. 16 in Haiti. Photo: Richard Pierrin/Getty Images
People walk over a pile of rubble from a collapsed building in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Aug. 16. Photo: Richard Pierrin/Getty Images
People clean up what remains of their home in Port-a-Piment, Haiti, on Aug. 16. Photo: Reginald Louissaint Jr./AFP via Getty Images

Go deeper: Anger grows over lack of aid after Haiti quake

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Southern California beaches reopen, as oil spill cleanup continues

Oil spill cleanup workers search for contaminated sand and seaweed at Huntington Beach in California on Oct. 9. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

A Southern California coastal area closed since one of the largest oil spills in the state's recent history struck over a week ago reopened Monday, as cleanup efforts continue.

The latest: Huntington Beach's reopening Monday came sooner than many expected, after water quality tests came back with no detectable levels of oil associated toxins in the ocean water, AP reports.

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Reports: Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and were due to travel to another destination when the gang struck in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

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Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews during a news conference in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne spent longer under lockdown than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.