Haiti earthquake: Death toll nears 1,300 after devastating 7.2 magnitude quake – update

Haiti: 300 killed as 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes region

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A huge 7.2 magnitude earthquake caused untold damage to the island nation on August 14. Jerry Chandler, head of Haiti’s Nation’s Civil Protection Agency said at least 1,297 people had been killed and a further 2,800 were injured.

Bodies are still being recovered as rescue work continues.

US geological officials estimate thousands may have been killed.

Estimates predict the earthquake destroyed around 3,000 homes and damaged more than 5,000.

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry declared a state of emergency after the quake, and said government resources would be mobilised to help victims.

Hospitals across the country have been pushed to the brink and roads carrying critical supplies remain blocked.

Mr Henry said: “When it comes to medical needs, this is our biggest urgency.

“We have started to send medications and medical personnel to the facilities that are affected.

“For the people who need urgent special care, we have evacuated a certain number of them, and we will evacuate some more today and tomorrow.”

South-west Haiti reportedly suffered the worst damage, as the epicentre of the earthquake struck just 7.5 miles from the town of Saint-Louis du Sud according to the US Geological Survey.

Recovery efforts will be made more difficult in the coming days as the nation braces itself for Tropical Storm Grace.

Lashing wind and rain is expected to batter the island between Monday and Tuesday.

Joe Biden said he had authorised an “immediate US response” to aid Haiti in its rescue and recovery efforts.

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The quake comes over 10 years after another devastating earthquake rocked the island.

In 2010, a 7.0 magnitude quake struck the island killing an estimated 220,000 people on the island with a total population of 11 million.

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