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Thursday 6 January 2005

UNHCR to provide shelter in tsunami-struck Somalia

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

NAIROBI, Jan 5 (UNHCR) – No one knows for certain how many people were swept away by the massive wave that hit Somalia's coastline the day after Christmas.

It is estimated that between 150 and 200 Somalis died, but in a country devastated by nearly fifteen years of civil unrest, there is no reliable system to record the number of deaths. Nor is there proper infrastructure to deal with the destruction wrought by the tsunami, blamed for more than 155,000 deaths so far in a dozen countries across the Indian Ocean.

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