UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The number of U.N. military and police officials confirmed to have been killed in the Haiti earthquake now stands at 22, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York, Ban also said that around 150 U.N. staff remain unaccounted for. He added that he had no news about the fate of the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti, Hedi Annabi of Tunisia.
Haitian President Rene Preval said on Wednesday that Annabi was dead. But U.N. officials later cast doubt on his remarks, saying they had no information to confirm it.
Annabi was in the five-story U.N. peacekeeping mission’s headquarters in Port-au-Prince when it collapsed during the earthquake, which struck at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. U.N. officials said he is among those trapped in the rubble and it is not clear if he is alive or dead.
Ban said that U.N. humanitarian affairs chief John Holmes would issue a flash appeal, probably on Friday afternoon, for emergency funds for Haiti, although it was unclear how much the United Nations would ask donors to provide.
Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Will Dunham