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The Tsunami Disaster in Statistics

January 27, 2005

A statistical look at the Dec. 26 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster:

NUMBER OF DEAD:

The death toll in the Dec. 26 tsunami ranges from 143,877 to 178,081. The number of missing ranges from 26,460 to 146,611 _ with most of them presumed dead. The wide discrepancies in the numbers of dead and missing have to do with different methods of tabulation used by Indonesia’s Health Ministry and the Social Affairs Ministry.

FOREIGNERS KILLED:

Though many nations reported that their citizens had died in the disaster, the four hardest hit were Germany _ 60 dead and 615 missing; Sweden _ 52 dead and 786 missing; Britain _ 53 dead and 203 missing and the United States _ 34 dead and 135 missing.

HELP PLEDGED:

Governments and world bodies have pledged a total $4 billion for tsunami aid and reconstruction.

A report from the aid group Oxfam said governments have pledged $912 million of the $977 million requested by the United Nations for urgent humanitarian aid.

INDONESIAN ESTIMATE FOR REBUILDING:

Indonesia estimates it will cost $4 billion over the next five years to rebuild Aceh Province, the most devastated area.

FEEDING THE HUNGRY:

The World Food Program said it was feeding 330,000 people in Aceh province. About 750,000 people are getting WFP help in Sri Lanka, where fewer died but more were left hungry, the agency said.

The United Nations says that including private aid groups and government agencies, more than 13,000 tons of food have been distributed.

NUMBER OF U.S. TROOPS NOW IN TSUNAMI ZONE:

The Department of Defense says 11,443 members of the military are providing relief support.

AMOUNT SPENT:

U.S. Agency for International Development has spent $39 million in Indonesia.

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