Death Toll Rises in Haiti Earthquake

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Haiti's government now says 230,000 people died in the Jan. 12 earthquake that leveled much of the capital of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas.

The government initially estimated 150-thousand dead. Authorities say more bodies remain uncounted that the current tally does not include bodies buried by their own families or by private funeral homes in private cemeteries. Haiti's death toll now equals that of the 2004 Asian tsunami.

Meanwhile, a Haitian man said to have been pulled alive from the rubble nearly a month later has amazed doctors. According to The New York Times, Evans Moussignac, 28, was apparently discovered by neighbors who had been digging through the rubble of a market in Port-au-Prince.

 

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