By Abdul Kimera
An earthquake of 7.2 magnitude and 5.2 magnitude has displaced people and left hundreds dead in Haiti.
The earthquake also caused damage in Grand’Anse and Haiti’s south Tiburon peninsula.
The National Earthquake International Centre issued a red alert saying that the disaster is likely to spread and high causalities are probable.
The statement prompted the prime minister to declare a state of emergency for thirty days.
Haiti’s prime minister, Ariel Henry said, in a tweet, that he extends his sincere condolences to those affected. He said, he is to mobilize all available government resources to assist victims affected by the earth quake.
He appealed to Haitians to unify as they confront the current situation.
The Caribbean country, which is also among the poorest in the world, is currently battling surging cases of Covid-19 delta variant.
This tragedy comes a month after the assassination of the former president Jovenel Moise, and these existing problems are likely to slow down the response to the disaster.
Officials from the white house under president Joe Biden said Saturday that their president approved immediate aid for Haiti.
With more than a million and a half of Haitian’s left homeless, authorities and the international humanitarian community have a great challenge to cater for administrative buildings, schools and the health care system of the country that is still recovering from the damages of 11 years ago earthquake.
The national hurricane centre has forecast that there is also a tropical storm that will reach Haiti probably on Monday night or early Tuesday morning.
Details to follow…