U.N.: Tsunami toll tops 165,000 dead

Jan. 18, 2005 at 6:06 PM
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UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The United Nations estimates the Indian Ocean tsunami toll has topped 165,000 deaths, with at least 118,000 fatalities in Indonesia alone.

Surveying damage in such areas as Aceh province in Sumatra, Indonesia, field teams reported the casualty count was as high as 165,493, said Kevin Kennedy, director of the Coordination and Response Division, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Nearly 700,000 internally displaced persons were in "over 100 sites" in Aceh, he said. Several hundred thousand tsunami victims were still considered missing, although most were expected to be found, since it was felt most of the survivors have been reached with aid.

"There is certainly the possibility there has been some double counting because there are people that might be in internally displaced persons camps or just might be missing from their home sites," said Kennedy.

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