Death toll in Port-au-Prince now over 150,000

A Haitian government minister said that the confirmed death toll from Haiti‘s devastating earthquake has risen above 150,000 in the Port-au-Prince area alone. The count... More Below... Posted by on Jan 25th, 2010 and filed under News.

A Haitian government minister said that the confirmed death toll from Haiti‘s devastating earthquake has risen above 150,000 in the Port-au-Prince area alone.

The count was based on bodies collected in and around the capital by state company CNE, Communications Minister Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue said.

Many more bodies remain uncounted under rubble in the capital, including the towns of Jacmel and Leogane.

Now, the focus has shifted to aid after the search for survivors has officially ended.

However, with the head of Italy’s civil protection service making highly critical comments, there is disagreement about how well the aid operation is doing.

Guido Bertolaso also criticized what he saw as the presence of too many American soldiers. He is in Haiti to co-ordinate relief efforts.

The US troops had no training in running a civilian relief operation, he said.

He added, “When there is an emergency, it triggers a vanity parade. Lots of people go there anxious to show that their country is big and important, showing solidarity.”

(article and photo source: BBC)

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