Island nation rocked by 5.9 magnitude natural disaster

Marsha Scott
October 11, 2018

An quake that struck off the northern coast of Haiti late on Saturday killed at least 11 people and injured more than a hundred when several buildings collapsed in the impoverished Caribbean country, officials said.

Longer-term reconstruction has been hampered by lingering political chaos in the nation of almost 11 million people, and by a deadly cholera epidemic introduced by infected Nepalese UN peacekeepers sent in after the quake.

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

The tremors caused panic on streets where emergency teams were providing relief to victims of Saturday's quake, which toppled cinderblock homes and rickety buildings in several cities.

The Nord-Ouest department is the poorest part of impoverished Haiti, with many isolated areas due to the dire state of the roads.

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Pictures of houses with damaged walls and buildings partially destroyed were circulated Sunday on social networks without their authenticity can be established.

In 2010, Haiti was hit by an quake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale, which led to widespread damage of property and claimed the lives of over 3 lakh people.

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Tens of thousands of people are still believed to be displaced as a result.

A boy that was injured by an aftershock receives treatment at the general hospital in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. Its epicentre was located 9.8 miles north-northwest of Port-de-Paix and it had a depth of 10 kilometres.

After shocks were reported in the Caribbean, including the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Others tilted at precarious angles.

Dead bodies lie at the morgue of the general hospital after a 5.9 magnitude quake on Sunday and a 5.2 aftershock in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.

One said: "It woke the dogs up".

The civil protection agency in Haiti has reported that at least seven people died in the city of Port-de-Paix and three people have died in the community of Gros-Morne in Artibonite province.

The police station of Port-de-Paix, in particular, has suffered damage, according to a photo published on its Twitter account by the National Police of Haiti.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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