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The confirmed death toll was raised to 150,000 on Sunday, but that was only the count of bodies so far found and collected in the capital Port-au-Prince.

It did not include those recovered in other areas like the shattered city of Leogane, near the earthquake epicentre, and Jacmel on the southern coast.

“Nobody knows how many bodies are buried in the rubble – 200,000 … 300,000?” said Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue, the information minister. “Who knows the overall death toll?”

She said the final toll may never be known.

The Lebanese embassy in Caracas confirmed last week that one elderly lady of Lebanese origin died from the earthquake . telegraph.co.uk

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