Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Haiti death toll up to 230,000

Unmarked Graves Sprawl Outside Port-au-Prince,...Image by United Nations Photo via Flickr

clipped from www.usatoday.com
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's government has raised the death toll for the Jan. 12 earthquake to 230,000 from 212,000 and says more bodies remain uncounted.

The government initially estimated 150,000 dead on Jan. 24, apparently from bodies being recovered in the rubble of collapsed buildings in Port-au-Prince, the capital that was near the epicenter.

Communications Minister Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue said Tuesday the government now counts 230,000 deaths.

But she says the new figure is not definitive. She says it does not include bodies buried by private funeral homes in private cemeteries or the dead buried by their own families.

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