Haiti quake rescue and search called off

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Haiti quake rescue and search called off

Post  Andrea on Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:25 am

The rescue and search phase in Haiti after the deadly earthquake which struck 11 days ago has been called off.

The Government described the decision as "heartbraking" after confirming at least 110,000 had been killed.

Only 132 people have been rescued since the quake struck. UN spokeswoman Elizabeth Byrs said most search and rescue teams would now be leaving Haiti, although some with heavy lifting equipment may stay to help with the clean-up operation and with aid distribution.

Humanitarian relief will continue in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Leogane and other badly affected areas.

Around 75,000 bodies have been buried in mass graves, but many more remain scattered in the streets.

An estimated 1.5 million people were left homeless by the 7.0-magnitude quake. Predictions indicate of 200,000 people have died.

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