Haiti revises quake death toll up to over 316,000

PORT-AU-PRINCE Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:33pm EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE Jan 12 (Reuters) - The death toll from Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake was more than 316,000, Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said on Wednesday, raising the figures from previous estimates on the first year anniversary of the disaster.

"There were over 316,000 people killed," Bellerive told a news conference in Port-au-Prince of the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission which he co-chairs with former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Previous estimates from Haitian authorities had put the quake dead at around 250,000.

(Reporting by Tom Brown and Joseph Guyler Delva, Editing by Pascal Fletcher and Sandra Maler)

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