Haiti death toll rises to 230,000

A further 300,000 thought to be injured, as rainy season approaches.

The death toll from the Haiti earthquake on 12 January could be 230,000, according to the Haitian government.

This is 18,000 more than its last estimate, and is nearly equivalent to the number of people killed in the Asian tsunami in 2004, when 250,000 people died.

Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue, Haitian communications minister, said that the number was not definitive, as it does not include private burials.

About 300,000 are thought to be injured. It is feared that the rainy season, fast approaching, could lead to the spread of disease, as many people are living in temporary shelters.

The one month anniversary of the tragedy is to be marked with prayer vigils and fasting.


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