Most recently, the death toll from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Haiti reached 304. As reported by Reuters, Sunday (08/15/2021), hundreds of people are missing and injured in the natural disaster. It is known that the earthquake occurred on Saturday (08/14/2021) with the epicenter being about 160 kilometers from the capital Port-au-Prince.
From amateur video footage and photos circulating in cyberspace, many buildings collapsed due to the magnitude of the earthquake shock. A number of churches, hotels to hospitals were also not strong enough to withstand the earthquake. It is known that most of the victims died due to being hit by the ruins of buildings.
“I saw people being pulled from under the rubble of buildings, maybe some were alive or dead,” said Jean Marie Simon, 38, a resident in Les Cayes.
When the earthquake shook Haiti, Simon was shopping at the market, panicking he immediately went home to look for his family.
“Along the way I heard the sound of crying from people,” Simon said.
He said his wife and two-year-old son were bathing. Out of panic the wife rushed to the street wearing no clothes just before the front of her house collapsed. Simon then put his clothes on his wife and now they are taking refuge in the local churchyard.
“Aftershocks are still felt and every moment there is a shock people run and scream. My legs are still shaking,” Simon said.
Residents living in coastal areas such as Les Cayes had panicked and climbed into the hills for fear of a tsunami. But that didn’t happen.
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On January 12, 2010, Haiti was rocked by a magnitude 7 earthquake that killed 300,000 people. This great earthquake occurred after a month of shooting of President Jovenel Moise. Haitians are also being warned of Tropical Storm Grace, which is likely to hit the country on Monday night or Tuesday morning next week.
This further adds to the suffering of Haitians, where politics are volatile, high crime, COVID-19 and the threat of storms. Haiti’s prime minister, Ariel Henry, declared his country a state of emergency over the next month. In a press conference he stated that until now he has not asked for help from other countries until the damage can be estimated.