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Haiti quake death toll rises to 17 as govt calls for help

AP  |  Port-De-Paix 

The death toll from a magnitude 5.9 that hit near northern has increased to 17.

Officials say nine people died in the north coastal city of Port-de-Paix, seven in Gros Morne and one in Saint-Louis de Nord.

The government said late Monday that another 333 people were injured and that at least 7,783 families are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. Saturday's quake also destroyed four schools and damaged thousands of homes.

A magnitude 5.2 aftershock hit on Sunday, prompting thousands of people to sleep outdoors for fear of their safety.

Officials in have struggled to shore up buildings due to the two major fault lines along Hispaniola, which is the island shared with the

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 22:20 IST