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Powell: Burma May Have Escaped Worst of Tsunami - 2005-01-04


U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says satellite photographs suggest Burma may have escaped the worst of last week's tsunami that devastated parts of southern Asia.

Mr. Powell told reporters in Thailand Tuesday that the photographs were taken earlier this week.

The United Nations said last week that it believed at least 90 people were killed by the tsunami in Burma. Burma's military government says only 53 people died.

International aid agencies are trying to get to Burma's southwestern coast to assess the damage first-hand. Relief workers initially estimated that at least 10,000 Burmese need food aid because of the disaster.

The tightly-controlled Burmese government rarely provides details of man-made or natural disasters.

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