Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Haiti quake death toll rises to 15

Haiti quake death toll rises to 15

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

President Jovenel Moise urged people to remain calm and said on Twitter he had ordered "all of the republic's resources" to be directed toward assisting recovery efforts.

Authorities said more than 100 people were also injured when several buildings collapsed.

On Sunday, an aftershock of magnitude 5.2 hit the country, reported AP.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 8:11 p.m. Saturday night and was centered 12 miles northwest of Port-de-Paix, which is about 136 miles from the capital of Port-au-Prince.

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Government spokesman Eddy Jackson Alexis said that 11 people have been reported dead so far, the AFP news agency reported on October 7.

"Our teams from north to south are witnessing a state of panic in some cities", the Civil Protection agency reportedly said, noting that there have been reports of injuries.

Haiti, the Western Hemisphere's poorest country, has never fully recovered from the 7.1-magnitude quake in 2010 that killed more than 200,000 people and left about one million people homeless. According to The Balance, Haiti's gross domestic product has shrunk by 5.1 percent over the past eight years and 55,000 still live in temporary humanitarian camps from the 2010 tremor.

Moïse also instructed Haitian Prime Minister Jean Henry Ceant to immediately put together a crisis committee to coordinate the emergency response, and he also visited Port-de-Paix and Gros-Morne. In Gros-Morne, one bed was covered in rubble, while the exterior walls of some homes were visibly cracked. Some houses were destroyed, it said. Some houses were destroyed, it said.

In 2010, a 7.1 magnitude natural disaster rocked the country, killing between 200,000 and 300,000 people, according to estimates. Parts of a hospital and an auditorium collapsed in Gros-Morne, where parliamentarian Alcide Audne told The Associated Press that two of the deaths occurred.

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