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Disease threatens millions in wake of tsunami

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 06 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:59
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

With a confirmed death toll of almost 150 000, the earthquake that devastated countries bordering the Indian Ocean on 26 December is one of the worst natural disasters in living memory, prompting the biggest peace time aid operation in history.

According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, “Latest estimated deaths are over 146 000 (anticipated to rise to over 185 000), with over 525 000 injured, over 20 000 missing, close to 1.6 million displaced, and over 1 million estimated homeless.”.

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