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Burmese Tsunami Damage 'Not That Bad' - 2004-12-30


An international relief official in Rangoon has told the Voice of America that the situation in Burma after Sunday's tsunami is not that bad.

The official, who did not wish to be identified, says relief supplies are on their way to the affected areas of the country.

Burmese officials have confirmed that large waves hit coastal regions on Sunday, killing 36 people and destroying 17 villages. The government said Wednesday that nearly 800 people are homeless. The United Nations says at least 90 people were killed in Burma.

There are dozens of inhabited Burmese islands in the Indian Ocean, some of which are just a few hundred kilometers from islands that were devastated in the tsunami.

Burma's military government has so far refused offers of humanitarian assistance. The tightly-controlled government rarely provides details of man-made or natural disasters.

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