Man rescued 11 days after Haiti quake

Saturday 23 January 2010 22.30
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Port-au-Prince - Thousands of bodies remain in collapsed buildings
Port-au-Prince - Thousands of bodies remain in collapsed buildings
Haiti - Aid is beginning to get through to those in need
Haiti - Aid is beginning to get through to those in need
The Edge & Bono - Took part in global appeal for help
The Edge & Bono - Took part in global appeal for help

International rescuers have pulled a 24-year-old Haitian man alive from the rubble of a collapsed hotel and supermarket, 11 days after the earthquake struck the city.

He was rescued from the wreckage of the Hotel Napoli Inn and supermarket in downtown Rue du Centre. Rescuers said he appeared to be in good condition, but thirsty.

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Although the United Nations initially announced Haiti's government had halted search and rescue operations, some rescue teams still combed rubble in the shattered capital, Port-au-Prince.

Earlier, hundreds of worshipers, priests and nuns gathered in the ruins of Notre Dame cathedral in the city for the funeral of Catholic Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot and Vicar General Charles Benoit, both of whom died in the quake that demolished swathes of the coastal capital.

‘What we lost we can't get back. It is not the rich who have lost, or the poor, we are all together,’ said Leon Sejour, a seminarian who traveled from Cap Haitien in the north.

As he left the archbishop's funeral, President Rene Preval was jostled and mobbed by people angry about the slow delivery of aid. A few youths shouted for him to quit.

Authorities said they had collected around 120,000 bodies of earthquake victims, but the final toll could be higher.

A total of 132 people were pulled alive from the rubble of the devastated country, the UN said.

Yesterday, an Israeli search team pulled a 21-year-old man from a crevasse in what once was a three-storey home.

Shirtless and covered in dust, the man appeared to be either unconscious or barely conscious as he was hoisted on to a stretcher.

Elsewhere, an 84-year-old woman was said by relatives to have been pulled from the wreckage of her home, according to doctors administering oxygen and intravenous fluids to her at the General Hospital. Doctors said she was in a critical condition.

Medical supplies and food aid from Ireland are being transported from the Dominican Republic to neighbouring Haiti for the victims.

Goal volunteers, including doctors, nurses and administrators, were also on the 11-hour flight and are now on their way to Port-au-Prince.

Stars plead for help at Haiti telethon

Dozens of the biggest names in film and music have taken part in a global fund-raising effort in the Hope For Haiti Now telethon.

Relief agencies estimate that one-third of Haiti's 9m people will need emergency food, water and shelter for an extended period.

The show, broadcast from New York, London, Los Angeles and Haiti, included musical performances by a variety of superstars, including U2's Bono and the Edge, Beyonce, Madonna, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.

Film stars Colin Farrell, Robert de Niro and Reese Witherspoon were among those working on the telephones in New York and Los Angeles.

George Clooney, who helped organise the two-hour event, said: 'The Haitian people need our help.

'They need to know that they are not alone. They need to know that we still care.'

Then, after an impassioned plea from actress Halle Berry, rocker Bruce Springsteen dedicated a song for Haiti - We Shall Overcome.

A cover of REM's haunting ballad Everybody Hurts is also being released as a Live Aid-style Haiti charity single, featuring the likes of singer Leona Lewis, boy band JLS and veteran rocker Rod Stewart.

Other acts confirmed as appearing on the record include Susan Boyle, Paolo Nutini, Mika and James Morrison.