Haiti quake death toll climbs to 2,189
12:22, August 19, 2021

A child reacts while receiving medical treatment after an earthquake, in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Aug. 16, 2021. (Xinhua/David de la Paz)

LES CAYES, Haiti, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck southwest Haiti on Saturday climbed to 2,189, the Caribbean island's Civil Protection Agency reported on Wednesday.

The 7.2-magnitude quake also left more than 12,000 people injured, the agency tweeted, adding that rescue operations are still underway.

A breakdown of fatalities by region showed the vast majority, or 1,832 deaths, occurred in the South, said the agency.

The earthquake was one of the strongest to hit the country, leaving numerous deaths and injuries in its wake, destroying houses and buildings and leading to the collapse of the island's hospital network.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday pledged the world body's support for Haiti in the aftermath of the massive earthquake.

"I have a message to the people of Haiti: you are not alone. We will stand by your side and support you every step of the way out of this crisis," Guterres said in a statement.