A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Haiti on 14 August at 8:30 am local time. The earthquake occurred 13km southeast of Petit-Trou-de-Nippes, in the department of Nippes, about 125km west of the capital Port-au-Prince. It occurred at a depth of 10km and was followed by a number of aftershocks – the strongest was 5.2 magnitude.
At least 60,000 people were affected, around 1,300 have died, and over 5,000 were injured as at 16 August. The death toll is expected to rise as the search for victims trapped under rubble continues.
Tropical Depression Grace is expected to pass over the worst earthquake affected areas in Haiti by evening on Monday, 16th August. Grace expected to bring along heavy rains and winds of 95 Kms/hr and that could make rescue operations more difficult. Heavy rains and strong winds could further trigger landslides and delay the aids to reach affected areas requiring desperate assistance.