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Haiti earthquake death toll rises tenfold to 227, with hundreds missing

The residence of the Catholic bishop is damaged after an earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, on August 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Delot Jean)
The residence of the Catholic bishop is damaged after an earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, on August 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Delot Jean)

Haiti’s civil protection agency says at least 227 people have been killed, with hundreds injured and missing, in an earthquake that shook the Caribbean country earlier today.

“The death toll from the earthquake has risen to 227, including 158 in the south,” near the epicenter of the quake, the agency posted on Twitter, adding that hundreds more were injured and missing.

Initial estimates said just 29 people were killed in the 7.2 magnitude quake.

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