At least 304 people were killed and more than 1,800 others injured after a powerful magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, Haitian authorities said.
Xinhua news agency reported, National Highway 7, which links to the southern cities of Les Cayes and Jeremie, was blocked by a landslide, the country’s Civil Protection Directorate said on Saturday.
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“An operation is being carried out to restore traffic circulation,” said the agency, praising efforts by rescue teams and residents to pull a large number of people from the rubble of collapsed buildings.
US President Joe Biden expressed his concern to those affected by the massive earthquake in Haiti, saying that he is ‘saddened’ by the disaster, and has authorized an ‘immediate US response’.
In what is already a challenging time for the people of Haiti, I am saddened by the devastating earthquake that occurred in Saint-Louis du Sud, Haiti this morning. Through USAID, we are supporting efforts to assess the damage and assist efforts to recover and rebuild.— President Biden (@POTUS) August 14, 2021
Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry said the quake caused ‘enormous damage’ to southern areas of the Caribbean country. He said all government resources available would be mobilized to help victims.
He has however declared a state of emergency for one month.