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At least 29 people killed following earthquake in Haiti

A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti today, with at least 29 people being confirmed dead.

The earthquake toppled buildings in the nation which is still recovering from the devastating quake in 2010.

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The epicentre of the earthquake was roughly 160km from the densely populated capital Port-au-Prince.

“I can confirm there are deaths, but I don’t yet have an exact toll,” the head of Haiti’s civil protection agency said.

Search and rescue operations were launched immediately following the earthquake, with emergency services pulling people from the rubble.

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“I am mobilizing all the resources of my administration in order to come to the aid of victims,” Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry said.

US President Joe Biden has approved immediate aid for Haiti following the incident.

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