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Death toll from Haiti earthquake rises to 1,297 - civil protection authorities

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-08-16 06:50
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Damage is seen in an area after a major earthquake struck southwestern Haiti, in Jeremie, Haiti on Aug 14, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

MEXICO CITY -- At least 1,297 people have died in a strong earthquake that struck Haiti on Saturday morning, the nation's civil protection agency said in an updated statement on Twitter on Sunday.

The agency posted a statistical breakdown of the fatalities, saying 1,054 deaths are registered in the Sud (department), 119 in the Grand'Anse (department), 122 in the Nippes (department) and 2 in the Nord-Ouest (department).

Photo taken with a mobile device shows members of the Cuban Medical Brigade helping an injured child after an earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Aug. 14, 2021. [Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba Handout via Xinhua]

The injuries also doubled to more than 5,700, according to the civil protection agency, which reported earlier Sunday that 724 deaths and over 2,800 injuries have been recorded from the earthquake.

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