Myanmar state television says cyclone death toll nears 78,000

Myanmar state television says

cyclone death toll nears 78,000

 

State television reports the official death toll from Myanmar’s devastating cyclone earlier this month has climbed to 77,738.

The figure was broadcast Friday night. It was nearly double the figure released a day earlier by the military government.

The official count for the missing also soared to 55,917 – from a figure of 27,838 that had been announced for the past few days.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies estimated Wednesday that the total death toll may be as many as 128,000. The UN has said more than 100,000 may have died.

freep.com

Cyclone death toll nears 78,000, Myanmar says

56,000 people remain missing

ASSOCIATED PRESS • May 16, 2008

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar government television says the cyclone’s official death toll has nearly doubled to almost 78,000.

The official count for the missing that was broadcast Friday night Myanmar time also soared to almost 56,000.

The United Nations has said that more than 100,000 may have died. An estimated 1.6 million to 2.5 million people are in urgent need of food, water and shelter, the U.N. and the Red Cross say.

 

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