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Haiti says 17 killed in quake, more than 2,000 homes damaged – REUTERS


The shallow, magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck northern Haiti on Saturday, spreading panic, particularly around Port-de-Paix, a coastal town that absorbed the brunt of the shockwave.

Two more people were confirmed dead on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 17, according to Haiti’s civil protection agency. Another 333 people were injured, it said. Prime Minister Jean Henry Ceant said 2,280 houses were damaged and 168 destroyed.

The quake, centered just off the north coast, was one of the strongest to hit Haiti since a 7.0-magnitude earthquake near Port-au-Prince killed tens of thousands of people in 2010.

There have been several aftershocks, causing alarm around Port-de-Paix, particularly inside the local prison.”The prison walls are all cracked by the earthquake, and the building may collapse and kill all of us any time,” inmate Dosty Pierre, 30, said from his prison cell.

Source: REUTERS

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