March 4, 2021

The president of the Dominican Republic talks with Haiti's on situation after earthquake

The president of the Dominican Republic talks with Haiti's on situation after earthquake



The Dominican President, Danilo Medina, spoke today with his counterpart from Haiti, Jovenel Moise, to be interested in the situation in the area most affected by the 5.9 magnitude earthquake recorded on Saturday in the northwest of the country, leaving 15 dead and 333 injured, according to official data.

The spokesman of the Dominican Government, Roberto Rodríguez Marchena, reported on the social network Twitter of the conversation between both leaders in relation to the damage assessment carried out by the Haitian authorities and humanitarian aid needs.

"Today, President @DaniloMedina called and spoke with the president of Haiti @moisejovenel who reported that his government takes inventory of damages and humanitarian aid will require other peoples," is included in the Marchena account.

He also published that "@DaniloMedina expressed regret and solidarity, Ambassador Despradel, in friendship alert."

Yesterday, Marchena announced that the Dominican Republic will wait for the Haitian authorities to take stock of the damage to send the help needed by the neighboring country to meet the needs in the areas most affected by the earthquake.

The latest report from the Haitian Civil Protection indicates that 7,000 houses were destroyed by the earthquake, whose epicenter was registered 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, and which have followed several aftershocks, one of them of magnitude 5.2, registered this Sunday.

In Port-de-Paix, in the Northwest Department of Haiti, 9 people died, while another five died in Gros Morne, in the department of Artibonite, and one in Saint-Louis du Nord.

The precariousness in the hospital of this community, the Immaculate Conception, considerably cracked, affects the attention to the wounded by the earthquake, which has revived the horror caused by the 2010 earthquake of magnitude 7, which caused more than 300,000 deaths, a number similar of injured and about 1.5 million victims.

Many of the injured are receiving care outside this hospital, whose head of the emergency unit, Rubén Pierre, acknowledged in Efe's statements the limitations of the center to provide assistance to the injured, as well as people who have approached for symptoms of anxiety about the situation.

Since the first earthquake occurred, many people sleep in tents at the entrances of their homes for fear of possible aftershocks, as well as doctors and nurses from the health center, who spent the night in the open, on mats, waiting for Some patient will need your services.

Access to Port-de-Paix is ​​difficult due to poor infrastructure and the road trip to Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, lasts about seven hours, although the distance is only about 175 kilometers.

President Moise toured yesterday the areas most affected by the earthquake on Saturday, and said that the first aid has already arrived.

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