News ID: 115821
Publish Date : 07 June 2023 - 22:55

Deadly Quake Adds to Haiti’s Misery Following Devastating Floods

PORT-AU-PRINCE (AP) - A deadly earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 struck southern Haiti, as the Caribbean nation was reeling from devastating flooding at the weekend that killed more than 40 people.
At least four people were killed and 36 others injured, authorities said.
The earthquake struck before dawn near the southwestern coastal city of Jeremie at a depth of six miles (10 kilometres), according to the United States Geological Survey.
Two homes collapsed in the earthquake, and a key route that connects Jeremie and Les Cayes was blocked, according to Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency.
Three of the dead were from the same family and were found under a collapsed house where rescuers were searching for more people, Frankel Maginaire of Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency in Jeremie told the AP.
He said that several children were hospitalized with injuries.
People gathered around one home that collapsed as they tried to search for survivors in the rubble. They carried out at least one victim wrapped in a sheet.
Claude Prepetit, a geologist and engineer with Haiti’s Bureau of Mines and Energy, told Radio Caraibes that smaller earthquakes that occurred earlier this year in southern Haiti led to the bigger one that struck on Tuesday.
The earthquake struck almost two years after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southern Haiti and killed more than 2,200 people, with Les Cayes sustaining the most damage. Some people who lost their homes last August are still living in camps.
In 2010, a magnitude 7 earthquake near the densely populated capital, Port-au-Prince, killed at least 200,000 people and caused widespread devastation to buildings.