UN revises Haiti quake death toll to 250,000

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Port au Prince (Haiti), Apr.23 (ANI): The head of the United Nations mission to earthquake-hit Haiti has said that the death toll from that natural calamity has risen by another 30,000, taking the overall toll to about 250,000.

Until now, the Haitian government had placed the death toll at over 220,000.dmond Mulet, the head of the UN mission in Haiti, was quoted by The Telegraph, as saying: "April 21 "marked the 100th day since the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, leaving between 250,000 and 300,000 people dead."

The 7.0-magnitude quake left much of Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince in ruins, destroying infrastructure and the seat of government and causing a humanitarian catastrophe in a country already considered the poorest in the Americas.

Mulet said that he wants the UN Security Council to send an extra 800 police officers to provide safety in the refugee camps. He added that the next 12 to 18 months will be "critical." (ANI)

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