A comedy tour has been cancelled in Puerto Rico because of a “grave concern” about the impact of the earthquake.
The cancellation comes after a string of deadly earthquakes and landslides hit the U.S. territory over the past few weeks, leaving more than 7,000 dead and more than 200,000 homeless.
The comedy festival, the National Puerto Rico Comedy Festival, announced Monday that it was postponing the performance and concert after the state’s emergency management agency said it was “extremely concerned” about how the country is coping with the earthquake, the Associated Press reports.
“We’ve made the decision not to proceed with the event,” said Luis Aguilar, the festival’s executive director.
“As a nation, we are going to focus on helping our people get back to their normal lives and rebuilding the island,” he added.
On Friday, a magnitude-7.0 earthquake killed at least 23 people and injured hundreds more in Puerto Ricans capital city of San Juan, where the quake was felt as far away as the U,K.
The U.K.’s government says more than 5,500 people were injured and over 700 have been confirmed dead.
In Canada, a similar earthquake killed 11 people and wounded more than 500 in Ottawa and Quebec City on Tuesday, and at least four people died in the province of Ontario on Friday.
The governor of the U of T Scarborough campus was among those killed in the quake, which shook a portion of the campus.
“I think it’s just really sad, the magnitude of the event and the number of people who lost their lives and were injured,” U ofT Scarborough president Anne McLellan said in a phone interview from Toronto.
“It’s just a terrible situation.”
The event, called the Uptown Comedy Tour, is one of three events the Uta Comedy Festival in Toronto is holding in the wake of the quake.
The other two are held on the University of Toronto campus in Toronto.