The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in a statement Saturday said it is deeply saddened at reports of loss of life and significant damage in Haiti following a major earthquake.
According to the statement, CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda has held discussions with the Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry and has assured him that CARICOM stands ready to assist.
“Prime Minister Browne extended his sympathy to Prime Minister 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,” according to the release.
It said that the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is in contact with Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency which is assessing the damage.
ABC News, quoting Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency, reported that over 227 people were killed and more than 1,500 injured in the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti Saturday morning.
There are also concerns that the earthquake could exacerbate the island’s COVID-19 infection rate should displaced people be forced into closer confines.
The earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey, struck about 5 miles north of Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti, a little over 90 miles from the capital, Port-au-Prince.