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121 rescued from Haiti debris since quake: UN

world Updated: Jan 20, 2010 17:29 IST

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The United Nations said on Wednesday that 121 people had been rescued by international teams from the debris of collapsed buildings in Haiti since the January 12 earthquake.

"We are at it, 121 people found," Elisabeth Byrs, a spokeswoman for the UN's Organisation for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told AFP, describing it as a "miracle."

On Tuesday, the UN said 90 people had been extracted alive, compared to 70 on Saturday.

It was not immediately clear when the 31 extra survivors were pulled out. Experts said the chances of survival are greatly diminished three days after an earthquake.

Byrs said a second international relief operations centre was set up in the capital of the neighbouring Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, alongside the one in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince.

Three airports, as well as ports, in the Dominican Republic were being used for international aid deliveries, she added, to relieve bottlenecks that have stifled the relief effort over the past week.