Published January 14, 2015
A 4-star hotel and popular tourist destination in Haiti was toppled in Tuesday's devastating earthquake, with some 200 guests still missing, AFP reported Wednesday.
Hotel Montana was one of many buildings in and around Port-au-Prince that collapsed after the 7.0-magnitude jolt crumbled structures in the impoverished Caribbean nation.
French State Department official Alain Joyandet said the 98-year-old establishment is a popular destination for French tourists and French nationals working in Haiti.
"We know there were 300 people inside the hotel when it collapsed, only around 100 have got out, which greatly concerns us," AFP quoted Joyandet.
The 3-star Hotel Christopher, which served as headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission to Haiti, also collapsed in the earthquake.
Joyandet said around 60 French nationals were taking refuge in the French embassy in Port-au-Prince as more continued to arrive, according to AFP. The embassy and the ambassador's residence were both damaged but not destroyed in the quake.
France sent two planes to Haiti on Wednesday with rescuers and humanitarian aid, Joyandet told AFP. He said the runway at the Port-au-Prince airport was in a condition to allow the two planes to land.
Around 1,400 French nationals live in Haiti, with 1,200 of them located in the capital of Port-au-Prince, AFP reported.