Southern Haiti was devastated by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in August that destroyed tens of thousands of homes [File: Odelyn Joseph/AP Photo]

Several injured and homes damaged in 5.3-magnitude quake and series of smaller tremors, civil protection agency says.

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake and a series of smaller tremors have struck southwest Haiti, killing at least two people, sending panicked residents into the streets and forcing authorities to close schools.

The US Geological Survey said the first earthquake on Monday morning struck near the city of Les Cayes, about 200km (124 miles) west of the capital, Port-au-Prince, followed by tremors of 4.4 and 5.1 magnitudes.

Source: Al Jazeera