The president of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, toured today the areas most affected by the earthquake of 5.9 magnitude on the Richter scale that shook Haiti yesterday and that has caused at least 12 deaths and 188 wounded, and said that the first aid has arrived.
At a press conference in Port-au-Prince, after visiting today the northern areas of the country most affected by the earthquake, Moise said there are instructions "to assist the population to preserve calm and peace," and to respond "to the needs of the victims. "
Moise said that authorities already have a global idea of the situation in the area most affected by the earthquake and said it was important that the population follow the instructions of the authorities and "do not return to their homes if they are damaged."
In addition, the Ministry of the Interior urged humanitarian organizations that want to provide help to do so through Civil Protection for better coordination.
For its part, the Haitian Red Cross asked the population to go and donate blood for the wounded.
Most of the victims of yesterday's earthquake were registered in Port-de-Paix, capital of the Northwest department, where eight people died, while in Gros Morne, in the department of Artibonite, three were killed and another in Saint-Louis du Nord.
Most of the injured were attributed to panic and resulting accidents, a spokesperson for the NGO Catholic Relief Services told Efe, noting that the main hospitals in the affected areas have reported that they have no capacity to respond. the needs.
In addition, several health centers were damaged by the earthquake, so it was necessary to transfer some patients by helicopter to Port-au-Prince.
The epicenter of the earthquake that this Saturday was recorded off the northwest coast, 20 kilometers north of Port-de-Paix and 175 kilometers from the capital, Port-au-Prince, at a depth of 15.3 kilometers, at 20.11 local time (00.11 GMT), according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website.
Less than 24 hours later, at 16.00 local time (20.00 GMT), another earthquake of magnitude 5.2 was recorded on the open Richter scale with an epicenter very close to the earthquake on Saturday, specifically 16 kilometers from Port-de-France. Paix, and at a depth of 10 kilometers.
The aftershocks that followed the earthquake on Saturday have generated moments of panic in areas of the northwest of the country that are the most affected and difficult to access due to poor infrastructure on roads and highways.
This earthquake is one of the strongest that Haiti suffered after the one that occurred on January 12, 2010 of magnitude 7 on the Richter scale that caused more than 300,000 deaths, a similar number of injured, some 1.5 million victims and the almost total destruction of its capital, Port-au-Prince.
The tremor was followed by three aftershocks of magnitude greater than 5 on the open Richter scale.