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Díaz-Canel: Haiti can always count on Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 16 (ACN) Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel conveyed solidarity to the 'Haitian people who today are carrying out rescue work after the recent earthquake and affirmed that the brother country will always be able to count on Cuba.

Through his official Twitter account, the president wrote that 'in these hard moments, as in others for many years, our health personnel are saving lives there'.

He stressed that the more than 200 collaborators of the Cuban Medical Brigade in Haitian territory are well and are helping as much as possible.

The aid workers have been offering assistance since Saturday to those injured by the earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale that shook the south of the country and left a preliminary balance of 304 dead and 1,800 injured.

According to data from the Prensa Latina news agency, the partial balance estimates that more than 1,500 houses were damaged, some 800 of them with total collapse, and churches, hospitals and schools were also damaged.

The general director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Eugenio Martínez, specified in a tweet that health institutions were affected, for which reason Cuban doctors and nurses, together with local personnel, are offering emergency treatment outside the facilities.

After the earthquake, the governments of Venezuela and Mexico reaffirmed the principles of solidarity with Haiti and announced the sending of humanitarian aid.

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