At Least 11 Dead, More Than 100 Injured in Haiti Quake

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At least 14 people have now died after Saturday's 5.9-magnitude natural disaster in Haiti, with more than 100 others injured.

The police chief for the north-west region, Jackson Hilaire, said seven people died in Port-de-Paix, while the interior minister, Reynaldo Brunet, said three people had died further south in the town of Gros-Morne.

The toll in the quake that hit Haiti increased to 14, reported Reuters on Monday.

Authorities said that about 188 other people were injured when the tremor occurred around 8:11 p.m. on Saturday, 11 miles northwest of Port-de-Paix, off Haiti's northern coast. "Past events with this alert level have required a local or regional level response", according to the USGS. He reported seeing damage to other buildings as well.

This is a developing story.

The 5.2 quake hit at around 8pm BST, just over 100 miles from the capital of Port-au-Prince and just 50 miles from the city of Cap-Haitien.

The town of Chansolme and the small island of Tortuga also suffered damage, officials said.

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In a post on Twitter, President Jovenel Moise urged people to remain calm after the civil protection agency reported the latest quake had caused outbreaks of panic in northern towns.

The agency confirmed that some homes were destroyed or damaged, without offering specific figures.

Impoverished Haiti, where many live in tenuous circumstances, is especially vulnerable to earthquakes.

There was an unusual buzz of activity, however, at the site in Gros-Morne where a community center had collapsed.

General Coordinator of the Cuban Medical Brigade, Evelio Betancourt, said that two surgical teams were sent to support Haitian health personnel.

The UN representative in Haiti, Helen La Lime, also offered help.

Rescue teams fanned out to help residents, many of whom were still dealing with the trauma of a devastating quake in 2010. Overall, around five million people were displaced by the quake when it struck the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

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