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US Secy Antony Blinken expresses grief over loss of lives in Haiti earthquake

News Agencies | Updated on: 15 August 2021, 8:55 IST

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday (local time) expressed condolences to the people affected by a devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed over 300 people and injured several others.

"Deeply saddened by the devastating earthquake in Haiti today. We send our deepest condolences and stand ready to assist in the aftermath of this tragedy. Today President Biden @POTUS authorized immediate response led by Administrator @PowerUSAID and USAID @USAIDSavesLives," Blinken tweeted. Haiti's authorities have informed that at least 304 people have died and 1,800 people have injured after a powerful earthquake struck the Caribbean country.

Earlier today, US President Joe Biden expressed his condolences, stating that he is "saddened" by the disaster, and authorised an "immediate US response".

"I have authorized an immediate US response and named USAID Administrator Samantha Power as the senior US official to coordinate this effort", Biden said in his statement. "Through USAID, we are supporting efforts to assess the damage and assist efforts to recover those who were injured and those who must now rebuild."

The earthquake that measured 7.2 on the Richter scale, was about 10 kilometres deep and hit 12 kilometres northeast of Saint-Louis-du-Sud.

The World Health Organisation said that it stands in solidarity with the people of Haiti."We stand in solidarity with the people of #Haiti. WHO and @pahowho are working to assess health needs and to support emergency medical care," WHO tweeted.

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry said the quake caused "enormous damage" to southern areas of the Caribbean country. He said all government resources available would be mobilised to help victims.

The quake resulted in the prime minister, Ariel Henry, declaring a state of emergency for one month.


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First published: 15 August 2021, 8:55 IST