Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon. Gaston Browne on Saturday 14th August, issued the following statement as Chairman of the Caribbean Community on behalf of the grouping on the earthquake in Haiti on 14th August 2021:
“The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is deeply saddened at reports of loss of life and significant damage in Haiti following a major earthquake on Saturday, 14 August.
I have held discussions with the Prime Minister of Haiti, the Honourable Ariel Henry and have assured him that CARICOM stands ready to assist.
I extended my sympathies to Prime Minister Henry and to the people of Haiti on the loss of life, and expressed my wish for a full and speedy recovery of the injured.”
Homes, other buildings and infrastructure have been destroyed, particularly in the southwestern cities of Les Cayes and Jeremie. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is in contact with Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency which is assessing the damage. Initial reports indicate that at least 724 persons have died, with more than 2800 injured from the magnitude 7.2 earthquake which struck the country on Saturday.
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