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Looting hits quake-ravaged Haiti

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Geneva (AP): Looters have broken into the United Nations food warehouses in Haiti's crumbled capital, an official said on Friday. This unfolded as security and logistical challenges mount for groups trying to feed at least two million people reeling from a devastating earthquake.

The UN World Food Programme had 15,000 tons of food aid in Haiti prior to Tuesday's 7.0 magnitude earthquake, stocks designed for hurricane relief. Spokeswoman Emilia Casella said local partners reported that the UN warehouse in Port-au-Prince's Cite Soleil neighbourhood was looted but the agency did not know how much aid was stolen or exactly when it was taken.

Clinton working on disaster fund

Washington, dc (AP):Former President Bill Clinton says he will try to pattern a disaster-assistance fund for earthquake-stricken Haiti along the same lines he and former President George H.W. Bush pursued for victims of the Asian tsunami. Clinton is a UN special envoy to Haiti, and President Barack Obama asked him to work with former President George W. Bush, the son of George H.W. Bush, on a fund-raising effort for victims of Tuesday's 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti.


BBC News:

Tuesday's earthquake has left as many as 50,000-100,000 people dead. Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said more than 15,000 bodies had already been recovered and buried, French news agency AFP reported. US President Barack Obama described the scale of the devastation as extraordinary and the losses suffered as "heartbreaking".