(CNN)At least 304 people have died after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti Saturday morning, according to the country’s civil protection service.
More than 1,800 people were injured, the service added.The US Geological Survey previously said it was likely that casualties would be “high,” saying the “disaster is likely widespread.”
One hospital in the southern city of Jeremie said it is overwhelmed with patients.
The earthquake was about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northeast of Saint-Louis-du-Sud and 10 kilometers deep, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).
"Is this what you call a miracle, God?” former Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe is heard saying while showing video of Haiti in chaos. The country was devastated after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit this morning — an even larger Richter scale than the 2010 earthquake. pic.twitter.com/JCw1YuI1tV— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 14, 2021
“There are reports of significant damage to homes, roads, and infrastructure,” American Red Cross spokeswoman Katie Wilkes said.