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US teams save 10 people from Haiti ruins: US agency

Search and rescue teams from the United States pulled a record 10 people alive from the rubble of quake-struck Port-au-Prince, the US Agency for International Aid said on Monday.

world Updated: Jan 18, 2010 22:04 IST

Search and rescue teams from the United States pulled a record 10 people alive from the rubble of quake-struck Port-au-Prince, the US Agency for International Aid said on Monday.

"According to rescue officials, this is the largest number of rescues in a single day in decades of earthquake search and rescue efforts," it said.

The ten were brought out of the rubble alive by three US teams from Los Angeles and Miami, Florida, the agency said. A fourth US team from Fairfax, Virginia was also working in Port-au-Prince.

AID said the US teams have rescued a total of 35 people in the six days since the 7.0 quake devastated the Haitian capital.

The United Nations said that as of Saturday more than 70 people had been pulled out alive from the debris of collapsed buildings by international search and rescue teams, around a dozen more from the day before.

Some 43 international teams comprising 1,739 rescue workers and 161 dogs have already scoured 60 per cent of the worst affected areas hit by the earthquake.