Haiti struck by deadly 7.2-magnitude earthquake

Haiti struck by deadly 7.2-magnitude earthquake
At least 304 people have died and many more are injured. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: A powerful earthquake has hit Haiti, killing at least 304 people and injuring more than 1,800.

The 7.2-magnitude quake hit the west of the Caribbean nation on Saturday morning, damaging and toppling buildings including churches and hotels.

Prime minister Ariel Henry declared a month-long state of emergency saying there was “extensive damage”.

The poor nation is still recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the epicentre of the latest earthquake in Haiti was about 7.5 miles (12km) from the town of Saint-Louis du Sud.

The quake was felt in the densely-populated capital of Port-au-Prince, which is located some 125km away, and in neighbouring countries.

Christella Saint Hilaire, who lives near the epicentre, told AFP: “Lots of homes are destroyed, people are dead and some are at the hospital.”

Mr Henry said he had mobilised a team to work on the relief effort, focusing on to find survivors.

He said: “The most important thing is to recover as many survivors as possible under the rubble. We have learned that the local hospitals, in particular that of Les Cayes, are overwhelmed with wounded, fractured people.”

The Prime Minister later revealed he had flown in a plane over the city of Cayes.

President Joe Biden of the US has authorised an “immediate US response” to help the Caribbean nation and said USAID would work to support efforts to “assess the damage and assist efforts to recover those who were injured and those who must now rebuild”.

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