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Friday, December 31, 2004

WHAT ARE THE EARTHQUAKE/ TSUNAMI DEATH TOLLS?

Friday, January 7, 2005: (AP) Tsunami Death tolls are reported as reaching 147,000.

As of 1:01 AM PST on Friday, December 31, 2004, several television networks (PBS, ABC, and others) put the estimated death totals at 118,000. Tolls are expected to rise to over 150,000. My personal estimate has always been, and continues to be 200,000.

The Associated Press reported on Thursday, December 30, 2004 that "according to official figures" "at least 114,758 people were killed in 11 countries in southern Asia and Africa."

For up-to-the-minute reports for Tuesday, January 4, 2005, on the Tsunami death toll and aid relief see this Associated Press site.

And thisNPR site.

These low totals estimated on Friday, December 31, 2004 were from government and official reports. They are much higher now, so "and counting" accurately reflects an exponentially rising body count.

- Indonesia: 79,940 on Sumatra, and counting.

- Sri Lanka: 24,743.

- India: 7,330, and counting.

- Thailand: 2,394.

- Somalia: 114, and counting.

- Myanmar: 90, and counting.

- Malaysia: At least 65, including some tourists.

- Maldives: 69, and counting.

- Tanzania: 10.

- Bangladesh: 2.

- Kenya: 1.