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UN in shock over Haiti earthquake

Grappling with what appears to be the organisation’s greatest loss of life in a single incident, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that up to 150 staff remain missing in the rubble of the Haiti earthquake — but one security guard has been rescued alive.

world Updated: Jan 16, 2010 01:16 IST
Colum Lynch

Grappling with what appears to be the organisation’s greatest loss of life in a single incident, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that up to 150 staff remain missing in the rubble of the Haiti earthquake — but one security guard has been rescued alive.

So far, 22 UN peacekeepers and police have been confirmed dead in the devastating quake, Ban said, and as many as 150 staff are unaccounted for. The known dead include 13 Brazilian and Jordanian peacekeepers.

Officials said there is dwindling hope that many of the missing have survived, and it appears likely that the death toll will exceed the 44 Ghanaian peacekeepers killed in Congo in 1961, as well as the 22 officials and guests who died in a suicide bombing at UN headquarters in Baghdad in August 2003.

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