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Wednesday 29 December 2004

Snapshot: 0040 GMT

* Death toll more than 63,000; many missing in aftermath of Indian Ocean tsunami triggered by underwater earthquake of magnitude 9.0 off the Indonesian island of Sumatra
* Disease could kill as many people as tsunami, World Health Organisation expert says
* Indonesia says death toll at 27,174
* Sri Lanka says 21,715 dead but may reach 20,000
* India says 12,419 dead, including 7,000 confirmed or presumed dead in India's Andaman and Nicobar islands
* Deaths as far away as East Africa; at least 133 killed in Somalia, Seychelles, Kenya and Tanzania * United Nations says there could be epidemics within days * It says rescue, recovery and rebuilding will cost billions of dollars
* Damage could exceed 10 bln euros - Munich Re reinsurer

Source: AlertNet
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