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A Jordanian UN peacekeeper distributes food to earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince (AP)

A Jordanian UN peacekeeper distributes food to earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince (AP)

The US military is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations in Haiti (AP)

The US military is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations in Haiti (AP)

US soldiers unload disaster relief supplies in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (AP)

US soldiers unload disaster relief supplies in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (AP)

A Jordanian UN peacekeeper distributes food to earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince (AP)

A woman has been rescued after spending a week buried under a collapsed cathedral in quake-hit Haiti, giving aid workers renewed hope that more people can be saved.

Dust-covered Anna Zizi was singing as she was pulled free on Tuesday by Mexican firefighters from the wreckage of the main Roman Catholic Cathedral in capital Port-au-Prince, according to charity Christian Aid.

The charity's Sarah Wilson, who watched the rescue, said: "It was an amazing thing to witness, no-one could believe she was still alive.

"She was singing when she emerged. Everyone clapped and cheered."

Zizi, thought to be in her 70s, was put on a drip and taken to hospital on the back of a truck.

Her son, Maxime Janvier, told broadcaster CNN that he never gave up hope that she would be found.

"We were praying a lot for that to happen," he said.

In the wake of the rescue, British disaster response group Rapid UK said its staff had no plans to stand down its efforts in Haiti.

But it came as another British aid organisation warned that getting help to the hungry and homeless in the Caribbean state was still a "nightmare" seven days on from the devastating tremor.

Aid efforts are being hampered by quake damage, fuel shortages and "deteriorating" security on the streets, Plan International said.

PA