Tsunami Death Toll Tops 156,000
Hopes of finding thousands of people still missing from last week’s massive earthquake and deadly tsunami in the Indian Ocean are fading, as desperately needed aid finally reaches areas that had been cut off by the devastation. The death toll from Malaysia to East Africa stands at more than 156,000, after Indonesia’s toll was raised by 14,000 to more than 94,000 early Monday by the country’s health ministry. Tens of thousands are still missing — including many tourists — in the aftermath of the December 26 disaster that struck at least 11 countries.
Indeed, as a separate story notes, citizens from numerous countries outside the region have died in this tragedy–perhaps 3000 from Sweden alone.
Australia: 12 dead; the government says it has “grave concerns” about 107 others; another 950 Australians are unaccounted for
Austria: 6 dead, nearly 500 missing
Belgium: 6 dead
Britain: 40 dead; 159 missing feared dead
Canada: 4 dead, 13 missing and another 74 unaccounted for
Denmark: 7 dead
Finland: 4 dead; the foreign ministry says another 214 people are missing
France: 22 dead, 18 injured
Germany: 40 dead, more than 1,000 missing
Israel: 4 dead, 6 missing
Italy: 14 dead, 600 missing
Japan: 8 dead, according to Sri Lankan foreign minister.
New Zealand: 2 dead, 64 missing
Norway: 21 dead, 462 missing
Portugal: 8 missing; others unaccounted for but not yet listed missing.
Russia: 10 injured, some missing. Foreign ministry has no confirmed fatalities; Thai authorities have said Russians are among the dead.
Singapore: 3 dead
South Africa: 14 missing feared dead
South Korea: 11 dead
Spain: Foreign Ministry has no confirmations of any deaths; 3 reported missing in Thailand, one in hospital
Sweden: 52 bodies have been identified. Another 2,915 Swedes are listed as missing. The Swedish prime minister’s office has said the death toll could rise to as many as 1,000. The Thai government believes more than 3,000 people missing in Thailand are Swedish tourists.
Switzerland: 9 dead
Turkey: Turkish Airlines is sending a jet to Maldives to pick up what they believe will be 300 Turkish nationals there.
United States: 15 dead
Other: Dead and/or missing also have been reported but unconfirmed by CNN from China and Taiwan.
As noted in a story from last week, the Red Cross has estimated that a million people could be dead by the time the counting is completed.