Magnitude 5.9 natural disaster hits northern Haiti

Magnitude 5.9 natural disaster hits northern Haiti

Magnitude 5.9 natural disaster hits northern Haiti

A magnitude 5.2 aftershock on Sunday afternoon sent people rushing into the street in Port-de-Paix, the coastal town that bore the brunt of Saturday's quake.

The epicentre of the temblor was centered 12 miles northwest of Port-de-Paix situated on Haiti's northern coast.

Another four people were killed in and around the town of Gros-Morne further south, local authorities said.

The Seismology Technical Unit, associated with the Ministry of the Environment, confirmed the quake occurred 20.5 kilometers from Port de Paix and 31.5 kilometers from Saint-Louis-du-Nord, both northwest of Haiti. "This is the first significant aftershock".

By sunrise Sunday, 12 people had died, 135 were injured and dozen of buildings damaged or destroyed.

On Sunday, an aftershock of magnitude 5.2 hit the country, reported AP.

Meanwhile, CARICOM countries are expressing sympathy and condolences to the government of Haiti as a result of the quake, the strongest natural disaster to hit Haiti since 2010 when the country was devastated by a 7.3 magnitude quake that left more than 220 000 people dead and over 300 000 injured.

Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant was also overseeing rescue operations, said Moise.

A boy that was injured by an aftershock receives treatment at the general hospital in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.

Among the damaged buildings was a church in the northern town of Plaisance, the civil protection agency said, adding that additional food and medical supplies were on their way to the most battered towns.

The country's civil protection agency issued a statement saying several people were injured and some houses were destroyed in Port-de-Paix, Gros Morne, Chansolme and Turtle Island. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Pierre Jacques Baudre, a farmer and father of seven, said he was afraid to return to his home after one wall built with rocks and cement crumbled.

A tweet from the US Embassy in Haiti expressed condolences to all affected and said "we stand ready to assist in the relief effort, if requested".

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