Latin America

Haiti’s earthquake couldn’t have come at a worse timing

Just a month ago, the country's then-president was assassinated — and Haiti is struggling to grapple with growing political instability and violence

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Prime Minister Ariel Henry tweeted an image of the quake’s impact on the city of Cayes. Photo: Twitter/@DrArielHenry

7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit off the coast of Haiti on Saturday killed at least 724 people and wounded another 2,800, according to a statement from the country’s civil protection agency. Many more remain missing. The quake’s epicenter was about 7.5 miles northeast of Saint-Louis du Sud in the western part of the country — said the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake overwhelmed hospitals, flattened buildings, and trapped people under rubble in at least two cities. It is yet another blow to a country that has struggled to rebuild since a devastating earthquake hit