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30 December 2004

Burma's military junta is notoriously reluctant to release data about casualties following disasters. It has put the official death toll at 59.

A team from UNICEF has visited the area, and said that - according to their prelimanary assessments - the government figures seem to be about accurate.

Jason Rush, a UNICEF spokesman, told the BBC that the effects of the tsunami in Burma were not as bad as in other countries in the region, such as Thailand and Indonesia.

A government official said most of the dead were in the Irrawaddy Delta, where 17 villages were hit and 200 people left homeless.

There are particular fears for the fate of fishing boats out at sea when the surge hit.



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