Haiti Quake Toll Rises Above 222,000

Haiti Quake Toll Rises Above 222,000

By Dialogo
February 25, 2010

The death toll from Haiti's devastating earthquake has topped 222,500, the
United Nations said Tuesday, after President Rene Preval said the number could
eventually reach 300,000.

Haiti's civil protection agency "estimates that 222,517 people died following
the January 12 earthquake, an increase of 5,000 people since the last estimate given
a week ago," the UN's humanitarian affairs coordination body said.

Preval said Sunday in an appeal for international aid at a summit of
Caribbean leaders that the toll could reach 300,000 in what some experts say could
be the worst natural disaster in modern history.

Some 1.2 million were left homeless by the 7.0-magnitude quake.