News Letter
English home Forum Photo Gallery Features Newsletter Archive   About US Help Site Map
- Newsletter
- Online Community
- China Biz Info
- News Archive
- Feedback
- Voices of Readers
- Weather Forecast
 About China
- China at a glance
- Chinese history
- Constitution
- CPC & state organs
- Chinese leadership
- Selected Works of Deng Xiaoping

Home >> World
UPDATED: 16:54, December 27, 2004
Tsunami death toll rises to 5,000 across India
font size    

The death toll in the killer tsunami tidal waves rose Monday rapidly to nearly 5,000 across south and east India as massive search and rescue operations were launched in all the regions hit by the natural disaster.

Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu was the worst hit state, accounting for 2,500 deaths, while 2,000 people were killed in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, located on the east coast of India, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

As many as 280 deaths were reported in Pondicherry, located in south India, while 123 people were killed in southern Indian stateof Kerala.

Several thousands were reported missing across the tsunami-hit regions in the country.

Massive search and rescue operations have been launched with medicines and supplies being airlifted to the affected regions.

The toll in the Andaman and Nicobar islands was feared to be in thousands but information was hard to come by because radio communication with the islands was still down, PTI quoted a local police officer as saying.

"You can imagine the situation as the islands spread over 800 km. The toll will be much higher. We are very apprehensive as we do not know what has happened in Nan Cowrie group of islands at all," he said.

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil held a meeting with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to review search and rescue operations.

Source: Xinhua

Comments on the story Comment on the story Recommend to friends Tell a friend Print friendly Version Print friendly format Save to disk Save this

- China Forum
- PD Newsletter
- People's Comment
- Most Popular
 Related News
- At least 4,400 killed in Quake-Tsunamis in Indonesia

- Over 12,300 killed in tsunamis in Asia

- Over 2,000 killed by tsunamis in India

Copyright by People's Daily Online, all rights reserved