The Haitian government declared a state of emergency after at least 1,419 people dead and more than 6,009 others injured, in a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the country Saturday morning, Prime Minister Ariel Henry announced in a news conference. "When it comes to medical needs, this is our biggest urgency. We have started to send medications and medical personnel to the facilities that are affected," Henry said. "For the people who need urgent special care, we have evacuated a certain number of them, and we will evacuate some more today and tomorrow." The state of emergency will be in the Western Department, Southern Department, Nippes, and Grand'Anse.
One hospital in the southern city of Jeremie said it is overwhelmed with patients. "There are a lot of people coming in -- a lot of people," an administrator at the Hopital Saint Antoine told CNN. "We don't have enough supplies."
The hospital has set up tents in its courtyard, the administrator said. The earthquake was about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northeast of Saint-Louis-du-Sud and 10 kilometers deep, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).
"There are reports of significant damage to homes, roads, and infrastructure," American Red Cross spokeswoman Katie Wilkes said. Martine Moise, the first lady of Haiti, said her heart "hurts" after receiving news about the earthquake, which caused enormous damage south of Grand'Anse. "The initial information that I have received from Grand'Anse is heart-wrenching," the first lady said. "It hurts my heart for the kids, the mothers, the elderlies, the handicaps, my friends, and all the victims of this earthquake." "My brothers and sisters, we have to put our shoulders together to come together to demonstrate our solidarity. It is our togetherness that makes up our strength and resilience. Courage, I will always be by your side." Moise added. Videos posted on social media offer a glimpse of the widespread destruction. One from Les Cayes shows a street strewn with rubble and what is left of a number of buildings. Dust fills the air.
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The southern coast of Haiti, Grand' Anse and Les Cayes have been badly hit by the Hurricane. Places such as Port-Salut, Port-à-Piment, and Chardonierre and the town of Jeremie, suffered lots of damages affecting about 1.4 million people. The death toll has climbed to about 1000 and flooding is at catastrophic levels.