>>> ANSA / The nightmare returns to Haiti, hundreds of deaths in the earthquake

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++ UPDATES AND REPLACES SERVICE AT 7.44pm ++ (by Stefano Intreccialagli) – ROME, AUGUST 14 – Hundreds of deaths, which could become thousands, entire buildings in rubble, spilled on the streets, the screams of people running in prey to panic. In Haiti a new very violent earthquake, even more than the one that 11 years ago killed at least 200,000 people and injured another 300,000 and brought the already poor Caribbean country to its knees, brings with it at least 227 deaths – according to the latest provisional civil protection toll. Haitian – and very heavy damage. But according to the USGS, the US geoseismic institute which estimated the magnitude at 7.2, the situation is red alert, which could lead to thousands of deaths. Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry has declared a state of emergency.

The premier announced that the government will mobilize all available resources to assist the affected population, while US President Joe Biden has announced “immediate” aid to the country, now on its knees amid political crisis, poverty, violence and the pandemic. Biden authorized an immediate US response and appointed USAID agency administrator Samantha Power as a top American executive “to coordinate this effort.”

The earthquake was felt at 8:30 local time (13:30 Italian time) about 160 kilometers of road west of the capital Port-au-Prince, north-east from the city of Saint-Louis-du-Sud, with 10 km of depth. A long shock, felt throughout the country. The videos released online by witnesses immediately showed the devastation that the earthquake brought with it and the efforts to extract the wounded from the ruins of collapsed buildings, in places such as Jérémie and Les Cayes. Religious buildings, schools and homes were damaged.

Also a church, where a ceremony was apparently taking place in the town of Les Anglais, 200 km southwest of Port-au-Prince.

Shortly after the earthquake, the US agency Usgs issued a tsunami warning which it subsequently lifted.

“I am mobilizing all the resources of my administration to assist the victims,” ​​Prime Minister Henry wrote on Twitter, appealing to “the spirit of solidarity and commitment of all Haitians to unite in addressing this dramatic situation.” “Following the earthquake that caused enormous damage in the south, in Grand’Anse and Nippes, I have already mobilized the entire government team to take all necessary measures urgently,” reads another message.

The devastating earthquake dragged the Haitian population back into terror after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that razed much of Port-au-Prince and nearby towns to the ground in January 2010, killing more than 200,000 people and injuring around 300,000. Eleven years ago, more than 1.5 million Haitians were left homeless, hundreds of homes, administrative buildings and schools were destroyed, along with 60% of Haiti’s health system. A humanitarian emergency from which it has never really recovered. And the new earthquake adds yet another crisis to a country politically in disarray, after President Jovenel Moise was murdered in his home by a commando of armed men just over a month ago: further confusion, in addition to the violence of gangs and after the Covid-19 disasters. (HANDLE).

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