US general: 200,000 dead Haitians just a ’start point’

AFP
Monday, January 18th, 2010

Haitians sought comfort in their faith Sunday, flocking to pray in church ruins as rescue teams raced against time to pull out any final survivors five days after a devastating earthquake.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon flew in to assess what he called the “most serious humanitarian disaster in decades,” while security degenerated in the capital with police killing a man as they fired on looters ransacking a market.

The leading US general on the ground warned that 200,000 might be a reasonable “start point” for the eventual toll, but said it was still too early to predict a figure that might never be accurately known.

“Clearly, this is a disaster of epic proportions, and we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us,” said Lieutenant-General Ken Keen, who is running the vast US military relief operation in the stricken Caribbean nation.

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