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At least 304 dead following earthquake in Haiti

Following an earthquake which struck Haiti yesterday, the death toll has now risen to at least 304.

The nation, which is still recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake, suffered an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2.

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Locals at the epicentre of the earthquake, located at Haiti’s southwestern peninsula, fled to the west of the nation’s capital Port-au-Prince, situated approximately 160km away from the epicentre.

Hundreds of people were trapped under rubble with at least 1,800 injured as churches, businesses and schools crumbled.

Rescuers are currently racing to recover survivors with the assistance of the public, a tactic which has currently pulled many people from the rubble.

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The Haitian Civil Protection Agency reported an initial 29 deaths following the earthquake but hours later, the death toll jumped to 304.

In 2010, Haiti suffered an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0, which destroyed the capital ‘Port-au-Prince’ and nearby cities, killing over 200,000 people and injuring approximately 300,000.

The 2010 earthquake alone resulted in over 1.5 million people being left homeless.

The country’s main hospital’s reconstruction has also remained incomplete since the earthquake.

This latest earthquake comes just over a month after President Jovenel Moise was assassinated, shaking a nation that is already battling Covid-19, poverty and gang violence.

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