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Tsunami Death Toll Climbs to Nearly 125,000 - 2004-12-31


Aid workers are rushing to prevent disease outbreaks among survivors from Sunday's tsunami in South Asia, as the death toll approaches 125,000.

Indonesia alone has reported 80,000 deaths. But Indonesia's health minister Siti Fadilah Supari warned Friday the country's death toll could climb to more than 100,000 as more bodies are found in the country's most remote areas.

Sri Lanka's tsunami death toll has climbed past 28,000. India is reporting at least 7,700 dead from the disaster. Thailand, Malaysia, Burma, Bangladesh and the Maldives also recorded fatalities, as did Somalia, Tanzania, Kenya and the Seychelles.

United Nations relief coordinator Jan Egeland says illnesses like cholera and typhoid could double the overall death toll.

The World Health Organization has already reported a rise in diarrhea and respiratory disease in children in the affected region.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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