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Death Toll in Tsunami Approaching 150,000


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Death Toll in Tsunami Approaching 150,000






Death Toll in Tsunami Approaching 150,000, United Nations Says; Final Toll May Never Be Known


UNITED NATIONS Dec 31, 2004 — The death toll in the tsunami disaster is approaching 150,000, according to U.N. humanitarian chief Jan Egeland.


"What we see is that the figures may be approaching 150,000 dead. The vast majority of those are in Indonesia and Aceh which is the least assessed area because of logistical constraints and it may therefore raise further," Egeland told reporters Friday afternoon.


He added that the final number of dead will never be known.


"We will never ever have the absolute definite figure because there are many fishermen and villages which have just gone and we have no chance of finding out how many they were," he said.





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