Haitians search through rubble for casualties after earthquake

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Haitians search through rubble for casualties after earthquake

Shortly after a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit a port city in southwestern Haiti, residents took to the streets in search of casualties.

A video posted online from Miami news website “One Show Pam” shows dozens of residents of Les Cayes wandering through shattered homes and a hotel, combing through debris and rubble in a frantic search for loved ones.

The quake has left at least 29 dead, and hospitals in the city of nearly 87,000 people overwhelmed with wounded, according to Haitian news reports.

The back side of the residence of the Catholic bishop is damaged after an earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti.
The back of the residence of a Catholic bishop is damaged after an earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti.
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Petit Pas Hotel is damaged after the earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti.
Petit Pas Hotel is damaged after the earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti.
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Jean Gabriel Fortuné, Mayor of Les Cayes.
Mayor Jean Gabriel Fortuné is among the victims of the earthquake.
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A view of the damage caused by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Los Cayos, Haiti.
A view of the damage caused by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Los Cayos, Haiti.
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People stand outside the residence of the Catholic bishop following the powerful earthquake in Haiti.
People stand outside the residence of the Catholic bishop following the powerful earthquake in Haiti.
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Among the dead is former Haitian senator and mayor of Les Cayes, Gabriel Fortune. His body was found in the rubble of the Le Manguier hotel, which he owned.

Haitian prime minister Ariel Henry, who was sworn into the position last month, has declared a month-long state of emergency.

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