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Missionaries safe following Haiti quake; assessments underway to determine status of members, Church properties

The K-oriol mini mart building is damaged after an earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.
The K-oriol mini mart building is damaged after an earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.
Delot Jean, Associated Press

All full-time missionaries are safe and accounted for in Haiti on Saturday following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake on the west end of the Caribbean nation.

Some of the missionaries’ homes were damaged, “so they had to be relocated,” reported Rafael Gutiérrez, the Church’s Caribbean Area communication director.

Meanwhile, assessments are underway to determine the welfare status of Latter-day Saints in Haiti.

No immediate information was available Saturday on the condition of the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple or other Church properties on the island nation.

“Local [Church] leaders are tirelessly working on doing an assessment of the situation among our members, missionaries and buildings, as well as helping as much as they can in the community,” wrote Gutiérrez in an email to the Church News. “Their limited strengths and resources are mostly focused on this primary effort.”

Read more of the Church News’ coverage of the earthquake in Haiti here.