The death toll from the powerful earthquake that struck southwestern Haiti last Saturday has risen to 1,941, according to the country's Civil Protection Authority. The Civil Protection announced that the 7.2-magnitude earthquake caused more than 9,900 injuries and the destruction of more than 60,000 homes. The earthquake occurred on Saturday morning, 12 kilometers from the city of Saint-Louis-de-Sud, which in turn is 160 kilometers from the capital, Port-au-Prince, according to the American Seismological Center, and led to the collapse of churches, shops, homes and buildings, hundreds of people were stuck under their rubble
Rescue teams continued searching under the rubble, in scenes that brought back painful memories of the devastating earthquake that struck the poor country in 2010. The poorest country in North America still remembers the January 12, 2010 earthquake, which destroyed the capital and many cities, killing more than 200,000 people, injuring more than 300,000 others, and displacing one and a half million residents.