Major earthquake in Haiti causes widespread destruction

Destruction in Haiti after 7.2 magnitude earthquake. Photo: Catholic Relief Services

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the south of Haiti on Saturday August 14, causing widespread destruction, reducing buildings to rubble and causing at least 300 deaths.  

The Haitian government has declared a state of emergency, and is anticipating high numbers of casualties and injuries.   

Caritas Haiti has reported that the dioceses Jeremy, Anse-à-Veau and Miragoâne and Les Cayes are the worst affected and that people have left their homes to wait in the streets or open spaces in fear of aftershocks and further damage to buildings.  

There has been damage to church buildings and injuries to clergy, with one priest killed. 

Access to the most affected areas is difficult at this time. Caritas Haiti continues work to respond to this disaster.  

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