The United Nations is moving to enactment rescue and alleviation efforts successful Haiti pursuing a almighty earthquake that reportedly near hundreds dead, possibly adjacent much injured and missing, and caused monolithic harm successful the south-western portion of the country.

UN main António Guterres said that helium is intimately pursuing the latest unfolding calamity successful Haiti, portion UNICEF reported that its teams already connected the crushed are making assessments to prioritize urgent needs and supply assistance to affected populations successful the aftermath of the 7.2 magnitude quake that has reportedly killed much than 200 people.

“My bosom goes retired to each affected by the earthquake. My deepest condolences to each who person mislaid household and friends,” the Secretary-General said connected Twitter.

Displaced children, families whitethorn beryllium successful urgent need

In a statement, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said the quake was felt successful the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, but the epicenter was detected successful the confederate parts of the country.

Serious damage, injuries and casualties are reported successful the Grande Anse, Sud and Sud-Est department, said UNICEF.

According to quality reports, the latest earthquake, similar successful magnitude to the 2010 quake that devastated the state and near hundreds of thousands of radical dormant and displaced, has toppled churches and schools, and severely curtailed energy successful the affected areas.

“We are profoundly saddened by the reports of casualties and dense harm pursuing the earthquake earlier contiguous successful Haiti,” said Bruno Maes, UNICEF Representative successful Haiti, who added that the bureau stands successful solidarity with families and children successful the aftermath of the disaster.

He noted that UNICEF is moving with Government and non-government partners to supply enactment to affected communities, with the bureau informing that children and families whitethorn person been displaced arsenic a effect of the earthquake and could beryllium successful urgent need of shelter, cleanable water, aesculapian attraction and protection.

Saying connected Twitter that she was profoundly saddened by the unfolding tragedy, UNICEF main Henrietta Fore reiterated that: “Today and successful the coming days, UNICEF volition beryllium moving intimately with our partners to scope affected children and families.”

The earthquake struck arsenic a tropical tempest bares down connected the Caribbean portion and with Haiti itself facing a recent spike successful COVID-19 cases and inactive coping with the assassination last month of President Jovenel Moise.

Delivering successful solidarity

“Our thoughts are with the radical of Haiti pursuing the devastating earthquake, said UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed in a Twitter station wherever she also stressed that the Organization “is committed to delivering successful solidarity with you.”

Separately, Collen Vixen Kelapile, President of the UN Economic and Social Council said the “people of Haiti are successful our thoughts astatine this hard time.” He added that the Council’s Ad Hoc Advisory Group connected Haiti, volition support moving to beforehand the semipermanent improvement of the country, referring to the assemblage created to supply proposal and beforehand socioeconomic recovery, reconstruction and stableness successful the country.