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UN chief calls quake worst disaster in decades

The World Health Organisation estimates put the number of people who were killed in Haiti's massive January 12 earthquake at between 40,000 and 50,000. UN Chief Ban Ki-moon arrived in Port-au-Prince Sunday.

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AFP - The World Health Organisation has estimated that between 40,000 to 50,000 people have been killed in the earthquake in Haiti, the United Nations said Sunday.

   
"WHO/PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) estimates that the number of dead ranges between 40,000 and 50,000 people," said a situation report issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The Haitian government estimated on Friday that more than 50,000 people were killed and 250,000 injured by the 7.0-magnitude quake that struck on Tuesday.

When contacted, the WHO said the estimate in the UN document was based on a Haitian Red Cross figure.

Paul Garwood, spokesman of the UN health agency said: "WHO is aware of the Haitian Red Cross estimate that 45,000 to 50,000 people may have died."
 

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