Another deadly natural disaster in Haiti kills at least 12 people

Howard TerryOct 08, 2018

According to Reuters, the natural disaster has left 14 dead so far, mainly in Port de Paix and Gros Morne in Artibonite near the quake's epicenter that struck at a depth of 11.7 kilometers, 20 km off Haiti's northwest coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

"I urge the population to remain calm", President Moise said in a tweet Saturday.

The agency said Port-de-Paix, Gros-Morne, the town of Chansolme and the island of Tortuga had suffered some of the worst damage.

The USGS says the aftershock's epicenter was located 15.8 kilometers (9.8 miles) north-northwest of Port-de-Paix, and had a depth of 10 kilometers. It was 7.3 miles (11.7 kilometers) below the surface.

He had said earlier he was headed to Port-de-Paix and another quake-hit city, Gros-Morne, about 50 kilometers to the southeast.

General Coordinator of the Cuban Medical Brigade, Evelio Betancourt, said that two surgical teams were sent to support Haitian health personnel.

An earthquaked measuring 5.9 on the Richter scaled jolted northwestern Haiti on Sunday, killing at least 11 people.

Homes and a hospital were also reported to have been destroyed by the quake.

Other deaths occurred in Gros Morne, a community in the Artibonite region, according to Eddy Jackson Alexis, the secretary of state for communications.

A boy that was injured by an aftershock receives treatment at the general hospital in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.

No immediate damage or injuries had been reported.

Impoverished Haiti, where many live in tenuous circumstances, is vulnerable to earthquakes and hurricanes. Another 30 were injured in Gros-Morne.

In 2010, a vastly larger magnitude 7.1 quake damaged much of the capital in 2010 and killed an estimated 300,000 people.

A woman watching the scene, 49-year-old Rosette Jerome, said no one in her neighborhood had been killed "but a child was seriously injured when a piece of the wall fell on it".

Tens of thousands of people are still believed to be displaced as a result.

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