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Haiti suffered a 7.2-magnitude earthquake; 1,297 people have died.

The dead toll from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Haiti rose to 1,297 on Sunday, a day after the massive quake reduced thousands of buildings to rubble and sparked frantic rescue operations in front of a predicted storm downpour.

At least 5,700 people in the Caribbean island were hurt by the earthquake on Saturday, and hundreds more had to leave their damaged or destroyed houses. Some survivors had no choice but to wait outside in the stifling heat for assistance from overcrowded hospitals.

With the approach of Tropical Depression Grace, which is anticipated to make landfall in Haiti on Monday night, the destruction may soon get worse. Although Grace had lost some of its tropical storm intensity by Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center warned that it still posed a risk of bringing heavy rain, flooding, and landslides.

 

The poorest country in the hemisphere had an earthquake that nearly leveled several cities and set off landslides that complicated rescue attempts in a nation already dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, a presidential assassination, and a surge of gang violence.

The epicenter was located around 125 kilometers (78 miles) west of Port-au-Prince, the nation's capital. According to the Geological Survey, Sunday's aftershocks kept the region trembling.

Many people in the town proceeded to the cathedral, which appeared to be unharmed on the outside even though the priests' apartment was demolished, and some people in the town thanked God for surviving the earthquake.

Johanne Dorcely, whose home was destroyed, stated, "We just have Jesus now. If it weren't for Jesus, I wouldn't be able to be here today."
Just over a month after President Jovenel Mose was fatally assassinated in his house and the nation descended into political anarchy, there was an earthquake. Martine Mose, who was gravely hurt in the attack and is now his widow, tweeted a message encouraging Haitians to stand as one: "Let's put our shoulders together to bring solidarity."

Henry stated shortly after the earthquake that he desired "organized solidarity" to guarantee that the reaction was planned in order to prevent the chaos that followed the disastrous earthquake in 2010 when relief was late to reach locals.

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