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Tsunami toll crosses 1,44,000

Number of confirmed casualties in the tsunami disaster has crossed 1,44,000.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Jakarta
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2005 02:53 PM IST

The confirmed number killed in the massive earthquake and tidal waves that hit Indian Ocean shorelines a week ago passed 1,44,000 on Monday, as over 14,000 more deaths were confirmed by Indonesian officials.

Indonesia has borne the brunt of the catastrophe, with a health ministry official putting the country's dead at 94,081 with entire coastal villages disappearing under the wall of water. The figure could rise substantially. The health ministry has cautioned that there could be 100,000 deaths in Aceh and North Sumatra.

In Sri Lanka, 29,729 were confirmed killed by the tidal waves, while more than 16,000 people were injured, the president's office said. A further 5,240 are listed as missing.

In Thailand interior ministry figures on Sunday put the death toll at 4,993 -- 2,461 foreigners, 2,232 Thais and 300 whose race could not be determined. The number listed as missing had fallen sharply to 3,810 compared with 6,424 previously.

In Myanmar at least 90 people were killed, according to the UN, but the real toll was expected to be far higher.

At least 75 people were killed and another 42 were confirmed missing in the tourist paradise of the Maldives, President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom said.

Sixty-eight people were dead in Malaysia, most of them in Penang, police said.

In Bangladesh a father and child were killed after a tourist boat capsized in large waves, officials said.

Fatalities also occurred on the east coast of Africa where 176 people were declared dead in Somalia, 10 in Tanzania and one in Kenya.

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