*Wednesday, after a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake crippled the island nation Tuesday, severing communications with the outside world and crumbling countless buildings, including the historic National Palace.
The United Nations said that its five-story headquarters had collapsed and “a large number of personnel remain unaccounted for.”
At least eight Chinese and three Jordanian U.N. peacekeepers died in the earthquake, the Associated Press reported, citing Chinese and Jordanian press accounts.
Sources told The Miami Herald late Tuesday that Hédi Annabi, head of the U.N. stabilization force, and his deputy were among the missing.
“Casualties, we can’t say for now,” the organization said in a statement.
While there were few official estimates, the number of dead and injured is likely to soar Wednesday as the extent of the damage becomes clear.
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