Haitian officials have confirmed that 1,297 people died and 3,119 were injured after an earthquake that hit on Saturday evening.
Rescuers are still looking through debris in a desperate effort to find any survivors from the quake. There were lots of homes, churches and schools that have been destroyed as well as some hospitals being left overwhelmed and needing more supplies.
A recent natural disaster has left an unknown number of people injured and thousands missing. It’s a worrying development that compounds the country’s existing issues, which include a brewing political crisis following President Jean Bertrand-Aristide’s assassination.
The southwest of Haiti has suffered the worst of the damage, with Les Cayes taking a particular beating.
Social media footage has shown many people desperately trying to help with the rescue efforts by pulling victims from their ruined homes
“The streets are filled with screaming,” Archbishop Abiade Lozama, head of the Anglican church in Les Cayes, told the New York Times. “People are searching, for loved ones or resources, medical help, water.”
The epicentre of Saturday’s quake was around 7.5 miles from Saint-Louis du Sud, as per the US Geological Survey (USGS).
The tremor was felt in the densely-populated capital, a distance of 125 kilometres away. It was also felt in neighbouring countries.
Prime Minister Ariel Henry has announced a state of emergency will be in place for the next month, urging you to stay safe and that he’ll always be doing all he can for you.
The most important thing is to recover as many survivors as possible under the rubble; we have learnt that the local hospitals, in particular that of Les Cayes, are overwhelmed with wounded people.
The international community has promised to help.
Joe Biden, the US President who authorised an “immediate US response”, said he was doing so through USAID. The UN also said they were supporting the rescue effort.
This is really good news! You’ll be able to get the necessary supplies that you were in danger of running out of. The Dominican Republic has offered to send you food and medical supplies, with Cuba also deploying more than 200 doctors.
Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of Haiti’s disastrous earthquake during his Sunday address.
There were many aftershocks following the initial earthquake with the USGS issuing an early warning. Thousands of fatalities are feared and resulting injuries could be in excess of 1000
The 2010 earthquake in Haiti killed more than 200,000 people and caused significant damage to the infrastructure and economy of Haiti.