PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, CMC – Authorities in this British Overseas Territory have confirmed that more than 100 Haitians were intercepted by marine police as they fled their earthquake shattered country.
The earthquake on January 12 killed an estimated 200,000 people and left more than one million homeless.
The authorities said the boat with 122 people was intercepted on Wednesday, but could not say whether the Haitians were making the 90 mile journey to join relatives residing here.
The illegal immigrants are being held at sports complex after the government last week suspended the deportation of illegal Haitians in the wake of the disaster.
Apart from the Turks and Caicos Islands, Haitians also make the risky voyage to The Bahamas in search of a better life.