A 7.2 earthquake Saturday in Haiti forced declaration of a state of emergency

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At least 29 people were killed by a 7.2 earthquake Saturday in Haiti but the number is expected to increase. The epicenter of the quake was about 125 kilometers (78 miles) west of the capital of Port-au-Prince and 10 kilometers deep. The region continues to see aftershocks, with the largest so far measuring a magnitude of 5.2. The tsunami threat from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the Haiti region has passed and there is no further tsunami threat. Prime Minister Ariel Henry said he was mobilizing all available government resources to help victims in the affected areas. The quake had caused loss of life and damage in various parts of the country. A one-month state of emergency was declared for the whole country. There is “significant damage to homes, roads, and infrastructure,” according to American Red Cross spokeswoman Katie Wilkes.

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Several crisis affected the country at that time including food insecurity during the Covid-19 pandemic. A month ago President Jovenel Moïse was killed, sending the country into political chaos. Access to the area is hindered by criminal gangs. Long-promised elections, already compromised by the nation’s political instability and civic insecurity, have no chance of happening soon.Tropical Storm Grace will reach Haiti late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. A magnitude 7.1 quake damaged much of the capital in 2010 and killed an estimated 300,000 people.

UPDATE
Death toll increased to 1,297 after three days