Haiti earthquake: deaths increased to 304 in the first hours

O death toll left by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake recorded this Saturday in Haiti has increased to 304, according to a new report by the Civil Protection, which also warns that there are “hundreds of people injured and missing”.

Although the agency’s first report reported 29 victims, hours later another 198 deaths were added, 158 of which occurred in the south.

“The first interventions, carried out by both professional rescuers and members of the population, made it possible pull a lot of people out of the rubble“The Civil Protection lamented on its Twitter account, where it explained that “Hospitals continue to receive injuries.”

Saturday’s earthquake, which was also felt in the Dominican Republic, was recorded at 8:29 am local time, about 12 kilometers from the city of Saint-Louis du Sud, with an epicenter 10 kilometers deep. This was followed by a 5.2 magnitude aftershock 17 kilometers from the city of Chantal, also with an epicenter 10 kilometers deep.

Given the seriousness of the incident, the local government decided to declare a state of emergency for a month, as announced by the Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, who took office on July 20, 13 days after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise .

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