Haiti quake death toll overstated - report

2011-05-31 12:17

Port-au-Prince - A report commissioned by the US government claims far fewer people were killed than the Haitian government said following last year's earthquake.

The report prepared for the US Agency for International Development estimates that no more than 85 000 people died in the January 2010 earthquake. The Haitian government put the death toll at more than 300  000.

The report also says far fewer people were left homeless than previously stated and that the amount of rubble is less. The US government has not released the report. A copy was obtained by The Associated Press on Monday.

Report author Timothy T Schwartz defended his findings in a blog post and said there have long been questions about the Haitian government figures.