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Tuesday 25 January, 2005

Asia tsunami death toll may be close to 300,000

The toll of dead and missing from the Asian tsunami, triggered by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off Indonesia on Dec. 26, was 297,271 on Tuesday, according to collated figures from government and health officials.

The toll includes the missing from all tsunami-hit countries after Indonesia retracted a figure released last week for dead, and missing and presumed dead of 173,981.

Jakarta's health ministry said from Tuesday onward it would list the confirmed dead and another figure for the missing, many of whom were believed to be dead, but not all.

As of Tuesday, 95,992 bodies had been found and confirmed dead and there were 132,172 missing, it said.

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