CARICOM ready to assist Haiti after devastating earthquake; at least 304 dead

CARICOM ready to assist Haiti after devastating earthquake; at least 304 dead

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is deeply saddened at reports of loss of life and significant damage in Haiti following a major earthquake on Saturday, August 14.

At least 304 people have been killed and more than 1,800 injured.

The Chairman of CARICOM, Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda held discussions with the Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, and assured him that CARICOM stands ready to assist.

Browne extended his sympathy to Henry and to the people of Haiti on the loss of life, and expressed his wishes for a full and speedy recovery of the injured.

Homes, other buildings and infrastructure were destroyed, particularly in the southwestern cities of Les Cayes and Jeremie. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is in contact with Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency which is assessing the damage.

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