Death toll rises after magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocks Haiti

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocked northwestern Haiti late Saturday, killing at least 11 people, injuring more than 100 and damaging dozens of homes and businesses.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 8:11 p.m. Saturday local time and was centered 12 miles northwest of Port-de-Paix on Haiti’s north coast, 7.3 miles below the surface.

The search and rescue effort was hindered by heavy rains that flooded streets in the region. The quake and its aftershocks set off panic in some neighborhoods, but President Jovenel Moïse  and other leaders called for calm.

“I am in constant contact with the PM Jean-Henry Ceant, who is coordinating the relief operations,” Moïse said on Twitter. “I asked him to mobilize all the resources of the republic to help the…

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