May 20, 2022


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The balance sheet continues to rise, with at least 304 dead!

Saturday’s quake in southwestern Haiti killed at least 304 people, Haitian Civil Defense said, adding that the first death toll was 29 and the second at 227.

“We have recorded 160 deaths in the south, 42 in Nippus, 100 in Grand Anse and two in the northwest,” Director of Civil Defense Jerry Chandler said. In the evening.

The epicenter was reported at 8:29 am local time (2:29 pm in Belgium). American Institute of Geophysics (USGS).

Churches, businesses, homes: Many buildings collapsed during the powerful shock.

Often without facilities, residents rush to evacuate the injured in the rubble of buildings, an initiative appreciated by the Civil Defense Services.

“The first interventions by professional rescuers and members of the population helped to isolate many from the rubble,” they said.

Several hundred people were injured in the quake and some hospitals in the affected areas are already struggling to provide emergency treatment.

On Saturday afternoon, Director of Civil Defense Jerry Chandler told AFP that at least three hospitals had been completed in the municipalities of Pestel, Corailles and Roseaux.

“The government decided this morning to declare a state of emergency for a month following the catastrophe,” Prime Minister Ariel Henry declared, calling on the people to “unite” and not panic.

Mr. Henry went to the scene of the tragedy with competent authorities to “see the extent of the damage,” he said on Twitter.

U.S. President Joe Biden expressed his “sadness” over the disaster on Saturday, offering an “immediate” aid to the United States. She commissioned Samantha Powers, director of the United States Agency for International Assistance (USAID), to coordinate the effort.

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Hotels and dilapidated houses

On the south coast, a multi-storey hotel called Le Mongoose in Les Castle, Haiti’s third largest city, has completely collapsed.

Witnesses say the lifeless body of former Haitian Senator Gabriel Fortune, the hotel’s owner, has been removed from the rubble. The Prime Minister has confirmed his death.

The long shock was felt across the country. With a population of more than 200,000, Jeremy’s mobilization at the southwest tip of the peninsula suffered significant damage, mainly in the city center with old single-storey houses.

“The roof of the cathedral has collapsed,” Joseph, who lives in Jermaine, told AFP. “The main street is blocked (…) This is where all the economic activity in the city”.

“People are upset, parents are in their arms with their children and they are leaving the city because of rumors of a tsunami,” Thomas Jean-Pierre said.

A tsunami alert was issued by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration following the quake.

The city of Jeremiah, nicknamed the City of Poets, is relatively isolated from the country because the national highway through the island is not yet complete.

“When it started to shake I was inside my house, I was near a window and saw all the objects falling down,” said Cristella Saint Hilare, 21, of L’Asail, near the center. Of the earthquake.

“A piece of the wall fell on my back, but I was not much injured,” the young woman continued. “Many houses are completely destroyed.”

The shock of the 2010 earthquake

In videos shared online, residents filmed the ruins of various concrete buildings, including a church where a ceremony was taking place Saturday morning in Les Angles, southwest of Port-au-Prince.

The poorest country in the United States still remembers the January 12, 2010 earthquake that devastated the capital and many provincial cities.

The disaster killed more than 200,000 people and injured more than 300,000.

More than one and a half million Haitians have lost their homes and put the authorities and the international humanitarian community ahead of the biggest challenge of reconstruction in a country with no land registration or building codes.

Unable to meet this reconstruction challenge, Haiti, which has been hit by constant hurricanes, has been mired in a serious socio-political crisis for eleven years.