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1,297 killed, over 5,700 injured in Haiti earthquake

1,297 killed, over 5,700 injured in Haiti earthquake

Haiti's civil protection agency has informed that the death toll from the massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck it on the weekend has increased to 1,297. The Haitian Civil Protection Service informed via tweet that while 1,054 were killed in Sud, 122 were killed in Nippes, 119 in Grand'Anse, and two in Nord-Ouest. About 5,700 have been injured.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry said on Sunday that it was necessary to "work together" in the face of the "extremely serious situation" following the earthquake.

"As soon as I landed, I met victims of the earthquake. Doctors, rescuers, and paramedics are arriving to provide assistance from the Cayes airport. A harsh and sad reality that we must face with courage," the Prime Minister tweeted. He added that various teams are on the ground to "provide help and assistance to victims". He further called for speedy action to respond to the crisis.

The 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the southwestern part of Haiti on Saturday. Its epicentre was about 150km from the capital of Port-au-Prince.

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