150 UN Haiti Staffers Missing in Rubble

Mission leader among missing workers feared dead
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2010 4:00 AM CST
ISearch and rescue efforts at the collapsed UN headquarters in Port-au-Prince, where a number of staff members and peacekeepers remain trapped, Jan. 12, 2010.   (AP Photo/United Nations, Marco Dormino)
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(Newser) – About 150 United Nations staffers, including the Haiti mission leader, are feared dead below the rubble of Port-au-Prince in what appears to be the UN's greatest-ever loss of life in a single incident. The deaths of 16 UN workers in Tuesday's massive earthquake have already been confirmed, and "It's clear a high number" of those still missing "might be dead," a top UN official told the Washington Post.

The missing staffers are trapped under the rubble of their collapsed headquarters as well as other UN facilities in Haiti. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Tuesday's earthquake would likely mark the worst day in UN history, with a death toll surpassing the 44 peacekeepers killed in Congo in 1961 and the 22 who died in a suicide bombing at UN headquarters in Iraq in 2003.

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