Woman freed as new quake hits Haiti

A 69-year-old woman who spent a week buried under rubble in Haiti has spoken of her incredible escape as another earthquake rocked the disaster-struck country.

Ena Zizi said she was “all right, sort of” after being pulled from the wreckage of the main Roman Catholic Cathedral in Port-au-Prince.

Her rescue came a day before the latest tremor, measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale, struck about 35 miles north west of Port-au-Prince.

She said her faith as a Roman Catholic helped her through the ordeal, and added: “I talked only to my boss – God. And I didn’t need any more humans.”

Doctors said she was dehydrated, had a dislocated hip and a broken leg.

Elsewhere, two women were pulled free from a flattened university building and just before midnight on Tuesday, 26-year-old Lozama Hotteline was plucked to safety after being buried under a collapsed store.

There were no immediate reports of further casualties following the latest tremor – at about 6am local time (11am GMT) – but eye-witnesses said it led to widespread panic.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said international coordination has to be improved to help deal with further disasters after the earthquake.

At Commons question time, Mr Brown paid tribute to those coping with the “still unfolding tragedy” in Haiti, and said: “We must, first, provide support; second, improve international coordination; and third, help get the government of Haiti back on its feet to be able to deliver reconstruction.”

He urged the setting-up of a UN reconstruction agency to provide a dedicated task force of professionals to deal with similar disasters in future.

Source: Press Association

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