More than 200 people dead after 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti

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CNN)At least 227 people have died after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti Saturday morning, according to the country’s civil protection service.

The US Geological Survey previously said it was likely that casualties would be “high,” saying the “disaster is likely widespread.”

One hospital in the southern city of Jeremie said it is overwhelmed with patients.

“There are a lot of people coming in — a lot of people,” an administrator at the Hopital Saint Antoine told CNN. “We don’t have enough supplies.”

The hospital has set up tents in its courtyard, the administrator said.

The earthquake was about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northeast of Saint-Louis-du-Sud and 10 kilometers deep, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

“There are reports of significant damage to homes, roads, and infrastructure,” American Red Cross spokeswoman Katie Wilkes said.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Deaths now 304 and rising.

    CARICOM now is the time for real action for the Haitian people. your members do not have millions of dollars to send in relief
    BUT
    Please allow Haiti rights given to full-members i.e.
    1. Exporting goods with a tarif- exempt period followed by categorizing as full member with minimal tariffs, fees, taxes
    2. Right to Work – skills certificate & certain specified professions. without red tape & high work permit fees (Haitians live in shanty towns in Bahamas, in fear of deportation yet are relied on very much for landscaping & gardening services, also in TCI; they are hard working farmers in Dominica)
    3. UWI & National Tourism & Technical Colleges entry fees as if campus island citizens, not the high international rates
    4. Right of abode for 3-5 years without normal red tape.

    These 4 actions gives Haitians who are desperate to expand their knowledge, experience and marketability, the ability to compete legally throughout Caricom for jobs.
    Remember, many Haitians speak 3 languages, with a fourth becoming more usual.
    The majority of Haitians are creative, work with what they have, diligent & intelligent.

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