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These Photos Show The Devastation Caused By The Haiti Earthquake

The 7.2 magnitude quake struck the Caribbean island nation Saturday morning, leaving more than 1,200 people dead.

Last updated on August 15, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. ET

Posted on August 15, 2021, at 1:41 p.m. ET

At least 1,297 people were killed and thousands more injured after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday morning.

Officials with Haiti’s Office of Civil Protection provided the updated death toll Sunday as rescue workers continued to search for possible survivors in the rubble of collapsed structures. The quake's epicenter was about 125 kilometers, or 78 miles, west of Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince, according to the US Geological Survey.

The disaster was the latest crisis to hit the Caribbean island nation, which is still reeling from the assassination of its president, the coronavirus pandemic, and a wave of gang violence. Saturday's temblor came as the country's vaccination campaign was just getting underway.

The destruction could get worse with Tropical Storm Grace, which is forecast to hit the island Monday or Tuesday and could bring flooding and landslides. The US, the United Nations, and relief organizations have pledged to assist Haiti, which never fully recovered from the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude quake in 2010 that killed more than 200,000 people.

"In what is already a challenging time for the people of Haiti, I am saddened by the devastating earthquake that occurred in Saint-Louis du Sud, Haiti," President Joe Biden said in a statement. "The United States remains a close and enduring friend to the people of Haiti, and we will be there in the aftermath of this tragedy."

People carry a person lying on their side on a stretcher
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People carry an injured person in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Aug. 14.

People crouch and sit near extensive rubble
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People look for survivors at a house destroyed in the earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Aug. 14.

A woman weeps with her arms extended out as she is held by two people
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Oxiliene Morency cries out in grief after the body of her 7-year-old-daughter was recovered from the rubble of their home Aug. 14.

People sit outside and others lie, covered, on the ground
Joseph Odelyn / AP

Locals begin to wake up after sleeping outside following the quake in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Aug. 15.

People walk alongside a huge mountain of rubble
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People walk through the rubble of damaged buildings in Jeremie, Haiti, on Aug. 14.

A man with protective headwear crouches and gazes upward amid rubble
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A firefighter searches for survivors in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Aug. 15.

People, some with jugs, gather by an outdoor tap
Joseph Odelyn / AP

People collect water after sleeping in the streets in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Aug. 15.

Three people crouch or lie flat amid rubble
Joseph Odelyn / AP

Firefighters search for survivors inside a collapsed building in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Aug. 15.

A woman steadies herself against a plank as she holds her baby, who is bare-bottomed
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A woman carries her child through the remains of her home in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Aug. 15.

Five people, some in headgear, walk amid the rubble
Joseph Odelyn / AP

Firefighters search for survivors in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Aug. 15.

People walk on top of rubble and debris on a sunny day
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People search through the rubble of what was the Manguier Hotel in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Aug. 14.

A person, their bare feet exposed, lies under a blanket on a stretcher inside an ambulance as several other people, some carrying babies, sit on the side
Joseph Odelyn / AP

Earthquake victims arrive at the airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Aug. 14.

A crowd stands in front of a building sloping down precariously
Joseph Odelyn / AP

People gather outside the Petit Pas Hotel in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Aug. 14.


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