Friday, December 31, 2004


Tsunami death toll tops 125,000 as global aid pledges exceed 1.1 billion
1 hour, 3 minutes ago

South Asia - AFP
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AFP) - More than 1.1 billion dollars have been pledged to an unprecedented aid effort after last week's Asian tsunamis, the United Nations (news - web sites) said, while devastated countries race to get food and water to millions facing starvation as the death toll topped 125,000.

The UN's emergency relief coordinator, Jan Egeland, said the death toll "may be approaching" 150,000, cautioning the true figure may never be known.

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