AA / Istanbul
The toll of the earthquake that hit the coast of Haiti has risen from 29 to 227 dead and hundreds of missing and injured.
Haiti’s Civil Protection Department said in a statement that “the latest death toll shows 227 dead, including 158 in the south, and hundreds of injured and missing,” according to reports. the American Agency “Associated Press” (AP).
“Hospitals continue to receive the wounded,” the statement added.
According to a previous preliminary report published by the said department, 29 people perished in the earthquake which hit the coasts of the country, causing significant human losses and material damage.
In this context, Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry announced that he had declared a state of emergency.
Henry added, in a tweet, “We will take the necessary steps to help those affected. We must show great solidarity. The government has declared a state of emergency. We will act quickly.”
He stressed that “the earthquake, which occurred around 8:30 am local time (12:30 GMT), significantly affected the southern provinces, Grand Anse and Nebes”.
In a previous tweet, the Haitian Prime Minister confirmed that the 7.2 magnitude earthquake caused loss of life and heavy material damage in several regions of the country.
Henry tweeted, “I offer my condolences to the families of the victims of this violent earthquake, which caused considerable loss of life and property in several parts of the country.”
Earlier today, the United States Institute for Geological Studies (USGS) said a magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurred 12 km northeast of the city of St. John’s. South in Haiti.
The earthquake was felt in the capital, Port-au-Prince, causing panic among citizens.
According to the American Institute, the earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 km below the earth’s surface, warning of a tsunami that would occur as a result of the earthquake.
* Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni
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