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Wednesday, 29 December, 2004

Reuters: Toll Hits 63,000

Highlights from Reuters article 2:22 a.m. GMT, cross posted at Tsunami News & Updates sister blog:
  • More than 63,000 dead, thousands more missing
    Indonesia: 27,174 known dead, nearly all in Aceh; separatists call truce while during search for people; bodies scattered in streets, fresh water, fuel, food in short supply
    Sri Lanka: nearly 22,000 known dead
    India: nearly 12,500 known dead, including at least 7,000 in Andaman and Nicobar Thailand: official toll 1,538 dead, many more may be missing
    Maldives, Myanmar, Malaysia, Somalia, Kenya add hundreds more to tally.
  • Rescuers enter outlying areas after being cut off for three days
  • UNICEF executive director Carol Bellamy said children could account for up to a third of the dead.
  • WHO says as many people could die from disease as from original impact
  • Risk researcher for reinsurance company estimates economic cost at more than $13 billion
  • UN officials have argued rich countries are not providing enough funds
  • The United States more than doubled its pledge to $35 million.
  • More than 20 countries have pledged emergency aid worth more than $60 million.

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