Magnitude 7.2 earthquake strikes near Haiti

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A man uses a hammer to try to rescue people from the rubble of a house destroyed in a 7.2 earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti on August 14.
A man uses a hammer to try to rescue people from the rubble of a house destroyed in a 7.2 earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti on August 14. Joseph Odelyn / AP
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The Haitian government declared a state of emergency after at least 304 people died in a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Saturday morning, the country’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry announced at a conference of hurry.

The state of emergency will be in the West department, the South department, Nippes and Grand’Anse.

“As far as medical needs are concerned, this is our greatest urgency. We have started to send drugs and medical personnel to the establishments concerned,” said Henry.

“We sent more staff to help,” he said. “For people who need urgent special care, we have evacuated a number, and we will evacuate more today and tomorrow.”

At least 1,800 people were injured, according to Haiti’s civil protection service.

“The first interventions, carried out by both professional rescuers and members of the population, made it possible to get many people out of the rubble,” civil protection said on Twitter. “Hospitals continue to receive wounded.

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