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Haiti earthquack leaves 304 dead

A powerful earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday morning, killing at least 304 people and leaving hundreds of others hurt and missing, Haiti civil protection said, following an earlier tally of 227 deaths.

160 dead were recorded in the South, 100 in Grand’Anse, 42 in Nippes and 2 in the North-West, said Jerry Chandler, stressing that the response to the disaster is ongoing.

On Saturday afternoon, Chandler said that three hospital centers Pestel, Corailles and Roseaux had reached their maximum capacity.

7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday morning at around 8.30 (12.30 GMT), 12 km from Saint-Louis-du-Sud, which is 160 km from the capital Port-au-Prince, according to the US seismological center.

Back in January 12, 2010, a seven-magnitude earthquake on the Richter International Open Scale left more than 200,000 dead and more than 300,000 injured, as well as the displacement of one and a half million residents and the destruction of Haiti’s capital and several cities.

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