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U.N. warns that up to 100,000 more Haitians may be stranded

U.N. warns that up to 100,000 more Haitians may be stranded

UN chief urges nations to consider deploying forces to help Haiti as volcano rages

By the CNN Wire Staff

Updated 11:25 PM ET, Thu December 7, 2010

At least six people have died as thousands flee from Haitian towns and villages, including the evacuation of tens of thousands from a hotel in Port-au-Prince, the international relief agency said Thursday.

Meanwhile, the U.N. High Commission for Refugees in Port-au-Prince has warned that up to 100,000 more Haitians may have been stranded as the death toll from the volcano has risen to at least 18.

At least 20 countries sent teams to help, including Australia and the United States. Canada, which also houses the largest number of the country’s displaced people, sent a small team of its own.

All the teams have arrived in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, the U.N. High Commission for Refugees said in a statement.

The U.N.’s top disaster agency, the World Food Program, has sent a larger group to help with the rescue of people in need.

The rescue operation is “in its infancy,” U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said at a news briefing.

“I would like to appeal to all those who can help to do so, because we need help with the rescue operations and the clean-up,” he said.

A U.N. rescue team and a navy helicopter have evacuated around 50,000 people — including those from a hotel and a military base housing around 3,200 people — from the Port-au-Prince area. Their destination: a port outside the country, where there is room to transport a large number of people.

“It was a great help for all of us,” said a rescue worker.

“We’re getting there,” said another rescue worker. “It’s a miracle that we are getting there so quickly.”

The U.N. team evacuated a total of about 15,000 people within

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