At least 11 people die as 5.9 magnitude natural disaster rocks northern Haiti

Haiti earthquake

An quake hit northern Haiti late on Saturday, killing at least 14 people and sparking a scramble by rescue agencies to help residents of the worst-hit towns in the impoverished Caribbean country.

The quake's center was located about 12 miles west-northwest of Ti Port-de-Paix and struck with a depth of about 9.5 miles.

According to local authorities, four people were killed in and around the town of Gros-Morne in the south - including a woman who died from a heart attack suffered after the quake.

Another person was killed in the town of Chansolme when a house collapsed and one other person in Saint-Louis-du-Nord.

At least 11 people have been killed when a magnitude 5.9 quake struck close to the northermost tip of Haiti, roughly 20km west-northwest of Port-de-Paix.

By sunrise Sunday, 12 people had died, 135 were injured and dozen of buildings damaged or destroyed.

Officials reported that people had been injured, but had not confirmed local media reports of deaths. A vastly larger magnitude 7.1 quake damaged much of the capital in 2010 and killed an estimated 300,000 people.

On Sunday, an aftershock of magnitude 5.2 hit the country, reported AP.

'The shock was felt across all departments of the country, giving rise to panic in several towns, ' Haiti's civil protection agency said in a statement.

Etanvie Dimorne, a 50-year-old mason, said people have to rebuild stronger given the earthquakes that have hit Haiti.

In the town of Gros-Morne, one bed was covered in rubble, while the exterior walls of some homes were visibly cracked.

Impoverished Haiti, where many live in tenuous circumstances, is vulnerable to earthquakes and hurricanes.

The quake also damaged the facade of a church in Plaisance and a house next door collapsed. Parliamentarian Alcide Audne told The Associated Press that two of the deaths occurred in the auditorium.

Many people in the Caribbean country fear a repeat of a massive 2010 natural disaster that struck near the capital and left at least 200,000 people dead and 300,000 more injured.

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