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Haiti hit by powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake, killing more than 300 people

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A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday in the western part of the nation, killing at least 304 people and injuring many others.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry declared a state of emergency and will mobilize government resources to help victims in the affected areas, says The AP.

The damage and devastation come as Haiti braces itself for Tropical Storm Grace, which could hit the island in the next few days. Keep it here for the latest updates.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry declared a state of emergency, which will last for one month. President Biden authorized an “immediate [US] response,” naming USAID Administrator Samantha Power as the coordinator of this effort.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were briefed by the National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and the Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the earthquake [Saturday] morning. The president authorized an immediate [US] response, and named USAID Administrator Samantha Power as the senior [US] official to coordinate this effort.

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