About 29 people died this morning as a result of the attack A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. Which caused an unspecified number of injuries and great destruction in the areas near the epicenter.
According to the first figures provided by the authorities, 17 bodies were found in Grand Anse County, Nine are in the city of Kayes and three in Nieps County, where the epicenter is located, in the southwest of the island.
In this regard, the Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, I ordered that “all the resources” of the Haitian government be fully mobilized to help the victims and appealed to the population to cooperate to save this new tragedy
It all started this morning, at 8.30 local time (9.30 in Argentina), when I The earthquake that shook the houses, and forcing residents to seek protection, its epicenter was 12 kilometers from the city of Saint-Louis-de-Sud, which is located about 160 kilometers from the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, according to the United States Geological Survey. Survey countries (USGS).
This American institution issued a tsunami warning, predicting possible waves of up to three meters along the coast of Haiti, but quickly raised the alert.
“Many houses have been destroyed, there are dead and some are in hospital,” Christella St Helier, who lives near the epicenter, told AFP.
“Everyone is now on the street and aftershocks keep happening,” he added.
“There are deaths, I can confirm that, but I still don’t have the exact number,” said Jerry Chandler, director of the country’s Civil Protection Agency.
Deaths in Haiti due to strong earthquake
The official specified that the Prime Minister, Ariel Henry He was on his way to the National Emergency Operations Center in Port-au-Prince.
The prolonged initial tremor was felt throughout most of the Caribbean, including in Santiago de Cuba (about 300 kilometers from Saint-Louis-du-Sud), where many residents have left their homes, according to Radio Rebelde.
The earthquake damaged schools and homes in the southwest of the Haiti Peninsula, according to pictures posted by witnesses on social media.
Residents circulated images on social media of ruins of concrete buildings, including a church where a ceremony was apparently held on Saturday in the southwestern town of Les Angles.
in january 2010 There was a similar earthquake that affected a large part of Port-au-Prince and neighboring cities that have killed more than 200,000 people and injured 300,000.
Then, More than one and a half million Haitians have become homeless. Leaving the island authorities and the international humanitarian community with a formidable challenge in a country that lacks a land registry and building codes.
NSThe earthquake destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, as well as administrative buildings and schools, as well as 60% of Haiti’s health system.
The process of rebuilding the country’s main hospital remains incomplete, and efforts have been made by NGOs to compensate for the country’s many shortcomings.