Magnitude 5.9 natural disaster hits Haiti, at least 11 dead

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President Jovenel Moïse urged the people to remain calm noting that "risk management system and the regional civil Protection directorates" have been activated to help the affected area. Authorities said at least 12 people died and 188 were injured.

A 5.9-magnitude quake struck northwest Haiti Saturday, killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 130.

The government said eight of the 12 victims were killed in Port-de-Paix, capital of Haiti's Nord-Ouest department, while three were in Gros-Morne and one in Saint-Louis-du-Nord.

The tremor was one of the strongest to hit Haiti since a 7.0 magnitude quake struck near the capital, Port-au-Prince, in 2010, killing tens of thousands of people. An auditorium has reportedly collapsed in the northern part of the country, while a local police station has also been damaged, forcing police to release detainees from custody as a precaution.

President Jovenel Moise urged people to donate blood and asked global aid agencies to coordinate with local agencies to avoid duplicated efforts.

"Following the natural disaster on Saturday, the President has instructed me to immediately put together a crisis committee to coordinate the emergency response", Ceant said on Twitter.

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The tremor was felt in the capital Port-de-Prince, sparking emotion among residents still shell-shocked from the massive 2010 quake that left at least 200,000 people dead and 300,000 more wounded.

Rescue workers in Haiti said they were not looking for any more victims.

In Haiti, officials have struggled to shore up buildings despite the two major fault lines along Hispaniola, which is the island shared with the Dominican Republic. Others tilted at precarious angles. It was not immediately clear if it had done any notable damage.

"The house can fall at any time", he said.

The devastating 7.0-magnitude quake that struck in January 2010 left more than 1.5 million people homeless.