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Miracle of girl rescued from the rubble

A two-year-old girl was rescued from a collapsed building in Haiti by British firefighters.

The young girl was trapped under a pile of rubble in Port-au-Prince and was rescued yesterday on the first full day of deployment for the 64-strong team.

The girl, who had been trapped for three days, was named as Mia by the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, whose firefighters were involved with the rescue.

"Following a lengthy and difficult operation in high temperatures, one of the teams managed to reach Mia who was trapped under piles of rubble under a kindergarten school that had totally collapsed," a spokesman said.

Pete Stevenson, operations commander, said: "We are all over the moon, Mia is beautiful and the rescue was a huge success."

Mike Thomas, chief officer of the fire and rescue team, said: "This is a real boost to us all. This is what we do the job for.

"The conditions we are working in are pretty dire. The local people have no food and water and are suffering in more ways than one."

Rescuers said the success came following a "lengthy and difficult operation in high temperatures".

The young girl is now receiving vital medical treatment, he added.

As many as 200,000 people died in the earthquake that devastated Haiti. Three-quarters of the capital will need to be rebuilt, according to the authorities in the Caribbean country.

"We have already collected around 50,000 dead bodies," said Interior Minister Paul Antoine Bien-Aime.



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"We anticipate there will be between 100,000 and 200,000 dead in total, although we will never know the exact number."

Some 40,000 bodies had been buried in mass graves, said Secretary of State for Public Safety Aramick Louis.

If the casualty figures turn out to be accurate, the 7 magnitude quake that hit impoverished Haiti on Tuesday would be one of the 10 deadliest earthquakes ever recorded.

Hollywood's big names came forward with cash donations to help the relief effort in Haiti.

Actress Sandra Bullock has donated $1m (e695,000) for earthquake relief and Madonna has contributed $250,000 (e174,000).

Bullock's contribution went to Doctors Without Borders' emergency operations in Port-Au-Prince and Madonna's to Partners In Health, a longtime medical provider in Haiti.

Earlier, Not On Our Watch, an advocacy and grantmaking group founded by George Clooney, Brad Pitt and others, donated $1m to Partners In Health.

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