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Haitian Gov't Raises Quake Death Toll to 75,000

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The Haitian government Tuesday raised the death toll in last week's devastating earthquake to 75,000.

Some 250,000 people were wounded and a million more left homeless, the Haitian Civil Defense Department said in a statement.

The small Caribbean nation is in desperate need of tents, water, food, medical supplies and workers, the statement said.

There have been no exact figures about casualties after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti last Tuesday. Haitian officials estimated that the final death toll could reach between 100,000 and 200,000.

(Xinhua News Agency January 20, 2010)