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Death Toll of Burma's Cyclone Rises to 220 - 2004-06-04


The Red Cross says the death toll from last month's cyclone off Burma's west coast has risen to 220, and about 14,000 people were left homeless by the storm.

The aid agency said Thursday it was launching an international appeal for funds to help the storm's victims. Agency officials said they expect to raise 120,000 dollars.

Also on Thursday, the Japanese government announced it was providing more than 90,000 dollars-worth of emergency assistance to help the victims. A Japanese spokesman said the relief package includes blankets, water purifiers, plastic sheets, and other items.

The May 19th cyclone devastated towns in the western state of Rakhine on the Bay of Bengal. High winds and flooding caused by the storm have disrupted water and power supplies, and have also caused damage to homes, schools, and hospitals in the coastal region.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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