Earthquake in Haiti: More than 700 dead

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) expressed her “deeply felt condolences” to the people. «My special condolences go to the families of the victims and all those who have lost their belongings. I wish the injured a quick recovery ”, it said in a message on Sunday.

UN Secretary General António Guterres said that he was deeply shocked to learn of the tragic loss of life and injuries. The United Nations supported the government’s efforts to help those affected by the earthquake. Pope Francis also expressed sympathy: “I would like to express my closeness to these lovable residents who were hit so hard by the earthquake,” said the head of the Catholic Church after the traditional Angelus prayer in Rome on Sunday. The earthquake, the strength of which the US agency USGS stated to be 7.2, occurred on Saturday morning at around 8:30 a.m. near the municipality of Saint-Louis-du-Sud in southern Haiti at a depth of around ten kilometers. Numerous buildings were destroyed and further casualties were feared. In the hours after the accident, rescue workers and citizens rescued many people from the rubble. Several aftershocks shook the country over the weekend, which, according to the USGS, reached strengths of up to 5.8.