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Haiti earthquake death toll nears 2,000

Christian Fernsby |
The death toll from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti has risen to 1,941, as survivors clamored for food, shelter and medical care the Caribbean nation's civil protection agency said on Tuesday.

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More than 9,900 people were wounded when the quake struck the southwestern part of the Caribbean nation on Saturday, about 100 miles (160 kilometres) to the west of the capital Port-au-Prince, according to the updated toll.

With more than 60,000 homes destroyed and 76,000 damaged, the United Nations' children's agency UNICEF said that more than half a million children have been affected by the disaster.

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