Les Cays. Buildings collapsed after a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean country of Haiti on Saturday. So far at least 1297 people have died in the earthquake. 2800 people have been injured.
The director of Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency, Jerry Chandler, said earlier that the death toll stood at 304 and that most casualties were in the south of the country.
Several cities were completely devastated by Saturday’s earthquake and landslides hampered rescue operations. Due to the earthquake, the suffering of the people of Haiti, already badly affected by the corona virus epidemic, has increased even more.
The US Geological Survey said the epicenter of the quake was about 125 kilometers from the capital, Port au Prince. The crisis could worsen early next week as Hurricane Grace could reach Haiti by Monday or Tuesday.
The prime minister has declared a month-long state of emergency across the country and said he will not seek international help until the damage is assessed. He said that some cities have been completely destroyed.
He told that the International Red Cross and hospitals in the affected areas are taking care of the injured. He appealed to the people of Haiti to unite at this time, saying, “The needs are enormous. We have to look after the injured, provide food, support, temporary shelter and psychological support.
US President Joe Biden has appointed USAID Administrator Samantha Power as the coordinating officer for US aid to Haiti. USAID will help assess the damage and rebuild. Many countries including Argentina, Chile have offered help. (agency input)
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