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Red Cross estimates 50,000 dead in Haiti quake

In this image made available by the American Red Cross in London, Wednesday Jan. 13, 2010, an earthquake survivor clutches his young son, in a shantytown on the outskirts of Port au Prince, following a major earthquake in Haiti, Tuesday Jan. 12, 2010. Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after the strongest earthquake to hit the poor Caribbean nation in more than 200 years crushed thousands of structures, from schools and shacks to the National Palace and the U.N. peacekeeping headquarters. Untold numbers were still trapped.(AP Photo/Matt Marek/American Red Cross, ho) **EDITORIAL USE ONLY**
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GENEVA (AP) – The Haitian earthquake has killed an estimated 45,000-50,000 people, a spokesman for the Red Cross federation said Thursday.

“We consider this as an estimate” from the Haitian Red Cross, said Jean-Luc Martinage, a spokesman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

He said it was based both on figures being used by Haitian government members and on information from the Haitian Red Cross’ wide network of volunteers in Port-au-Prince.

“It remains an estimate to us,” Martinage told The Associated Press. “Tonight the federation is not saying this is (definitely) the number of deaths.”

“This is still a Haitian Red Cross number, but we believe that it is a good estimate of the situation at the moment,” Martinage said.


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