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Saturday, 8 January, 2005

Measles spreads in relief camps as India's toll crosses 10,000

Cases of measles and chicken pox were reported in several relief camps despite mass immunization campaigns, as the death toll in India crossed 10,000 on Saturday. According to the federal home ministry, 10,012 people have died since the December 26 tsunamis devastated regions in south-eastern coastal India and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal. Southern Tamil Nadu state reported the most deaths at 7,941. At least 5,624 people are still missing, with 5,531 untraced in the Andamans archipelago alone. As Indian armed forces continued to look for the missing, the biggest challenge was to keep more than 380,000 people living in 614 overcrowded relief camps free from disease.

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