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    » 03/11/2005, 00.00

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    Tsunami death toll now in 170,000-182,000 range



    Jakarta (AsiaNews/Agencies) - The official death toll from the December 26 tsunami ranges from 173,324 to 182,340, according to latest statistics released today.

    The number of missing ranges from 107,853 to 129,897 - with most presumed dead.

    Death tolls by country were:

    Indonesia: 125,596-127,420 dead; 94,550-116,368 missing.

    Sri Lanka: 31,003-38,195 dead; 4,698-4,924 missing.

    India: 10,779 dead; 5,614 missing.

    Thailand: 5,395 dead; 2,991 missing.

    Somalia: 298

    Myanmar: 90

    Maldives: 82

    Malaysia: 68

    Tanzania: 10

    Bangladesh: 2

    Kenya: 1

    Indonesia's National Disaster Relief Co-ordinating Board is reporting the death toll in the country at 125,596, with 94,550 missing.

    The Social Affairs Ministry has said the death toll is 127,420 with 116,368 missing. The government has not explained the discrepancy.

    Sri Lanka's National Disaster Management Center is reporting the death toll at 31,003; the Public Security Ministry says it is 38,195. Both agencies say their figures are correct, but neither could explain the discrepancy.

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    See also

    30/12/2004 ASIA - TSUNAMI
    Toll close to 100,000, 5 million displaced


    29/12/2004 ASIA
    A battered continent: An Overview
    According to the latest figures, the death toll stands at 68,000. First rescue operations reach northern Sumatra, in Indonesia where about 3,400 bodies have been found. An overview of the situation in the various affected countries follows.

    27/12/2004 asia
    More than 13 thousand dead after quakes, tsunami smashed southern Asia


    01/01/2005 asia
    Tsunami toll feared at 150,000


    28/12/2004 asia - sri lanka
    Death toll in Asian disaster passes 26,000

    Officials are warning the figure will rise steeply





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