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A devastating earthquake hits Haiti... and the victims are 304 dead

A devastating earthquake hits Haiti… and the victims are 304 dead

he fell strong earthquake It is 8 kilometers from the town of Petit Trou de Nebes, about 150 kilometers west of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and at a depth of 10 kilometers.
The earthquake killed more than 300 people and left hundreds missing, according to the authorities Haiti.

Later, the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center said another 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti late on Saturday, hours after a major earthquake in the region killed more than 300 people.

“We have counted 160 deaths in the south, 42 in the Niep area, 100 in the Grand Anse region and two people in the northwest,” Civil Protection official Jerry Chandler told a news conference on Saturday evening.

The Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center said the latest quake was at a depth of 8 km.

Earlier, the Haitian Sultan announced that at least 227 people were killed, injured and hundreds missing after a strong earthquake shook southwestern Haiti on Saturday, and also caused the collapse of churches, hotels and homes, in the latest tragedy in the poor country located in Haiti. Caribbean.

The US Geological Survey said the 7.2-magnitude quake struck 8 km from the town of Petit Trou-de-Nep, about 150 km west of the capital. Port au Prince And at a depth of ten kilometers.

The earthquake was followed by a series of aftershocks.

On Saturday afternoon, the agency added on Twitter that rescue workers and pedestrians were able to pull several people out of the rubble. It also mentioned that the wounded are still being taken to hospitals.

The quake was felt as far away as Cuba and Jamaica, and it was larger and shallower than the 7.0-magnitude quake 11 years ago that killed tens of thousands of people in the poorest country in the Americas.

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But this earthquake occurred far from the capital at 8.30 am local time. Reuters witnesses said the quake was strongly felt by people in Port-au-Prince.

The nearest major town to the epicenter was Li Kai, with a population of about 126,000, where many buildings collapsed or were badly damaged, authorities said, who said they were searching for survivors under the rubble.

And Prime Minister Ariel Henry declared a month-long emergency, and pushed for faster aid to reach areas where towns had been devastated and hospitals were overcrowded with incoming patients.

He noted that some towns were almost completely destroyed, and that the government had people in the coastal town of Les Cayes to help plan and coordinate the response.

“The most important thing is to get as many survivors out of the rubble as possible… We have learned that local hospitals, particularly Les Cayes, are overwhelmed with wounded,” Henry said, according to the Associated Press.

He also explained that the International Red Cross and hospitals in unaffected areas were helping to care for the wounded, and appealed to Haitians for unity.

“The needs are enormous. We must take care of the wounded… and also provide food, aid, temporary shelter and psychological support,” he said.