Magnitude 5.9 natural disaster hits northern Haiti

5.9 quake strikes Haiti shaking & damaging buildings

He visited Port-de-Paix on Sunday and said that supplies of food and drinking water were already being sent to the affected cities.

It will only hinder rescue efforts after a deadly quake struck Haiti this morning. The death toll stood at 12, with fears it could rise.

Emergency teams worked to provide relief in Haiti on Sunday after a magnitude 5.9 quake killed at least 11 people and left several injured.

This morning he told his 158,000 followers that he was en route to Port-de-Paix and Gros-Morne.

Haiti's civil protection agency said Port-de-Paix, Gros-Morne, Chansolme and Tortuga were the worst hit areas. According to The Balance, Haiti's gross domestic product has shrunk by 5.1 percent over the past eight years and 55,000 still live in temporary humanitarian camps from the 2010 tremor.

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Haiti's Nord-Ouest department is the poorest part of the impoverished country, with many isolated areas due to the dire state of the roads.

The tremor was one of the strongest to batter Haiti since the 7.0 magnitude quake struck near the capital in 2010.

Another said: "I was sleeping but I felt things moving.".

She said that about 500 students would not be able to return to school on Monday.

In a post on Twitter, Haiti's president, Jovenel Moïse, urged people to remain calm after the civil protection agency said the quake caused injuries and panic in northern towns. By Sunday evening the government didn't provide an estimate of the damages.

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The toll in the natural disaster that hit Haiti increased to 14, reported Reuters on Monday. After shocks were reported in the Caribbean, including the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The damage from the temblors was visible.

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

One said: "It woke the dogs up".

Some houses in the worst-affected areas were destroyed by the quake, the agency said.

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