(Brooklyn, NY) -- Yesterday, a powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook the Caribbean, leaving a path of devastation from Les Cayes to Jeremie in Haiti.
Officials in Haiti are reporting heavy damage, and say the earthquake, which struck in the early hours, has already exceeded a death toll over 300.
According to Haiti's Civil Protection Service at least 1,800more Haitians are injured, and still more remain unaccounted for.
Homes, roads, churches, health care facilities, and schools have been destroyed.
Prime Minister Ariel Henry declared a one month state of emergency.
Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn issued the following statement:
"The news coming out of Haiti evokes memories of the 2010 quake that shook Haiti and left the world aghast. What's troubling is that this is only the latest tragedy in what has become a terrible trifecta: the assassination of the former President Jovenel Moïse, a worsening COVID-19 epidemic, and now, what is possibly the most powerful earthquake in the nation’s history.
I pray for the people of Haiti, and for the people in the United States and here in Brooklyn, who are feeling the pain of uncertainty, or deep loss. I remain hopeful for brighter days ahead for our beloved country."