The quake centered about 125 kilometers (78 miles) west of the capital of Port-au-Prince nearly razed some towns and triggered landslides that hampered rescue efforts in a country that is the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. It already was struggling with the worsening poverty, the coronavirus pandemic, and a wave of gang violence.
In a scene widely repeated across the quake zone, families salvaged their few belongings in Les Cayes and spent the night on a soccer field without food, drinks etc.
Alluding to the 2010 earthquake that ravaged Haiti's capital, killing tens of thousands, Fore said: “Little more than a decade on, Haiti is reeling once again. And this disaster coincides with political instability, rising gang violence, alarmingly high rates of malnutrition among children, and the COVID-19 pandemic