The number of people killed by the South Asian tsunami will likely exceed the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War. The AP reports the casualty count has now passed 52,000. And it is going to be a lot worse.
The ministry statement said this figure did not include data from districts on Sumatra’s hard-hit western coast, including the town of Meulaboh — meaning that the final death toll will almost certainly rise significantly.
Earlier, the country’s national disaster director, Purnomo Sidik, said 10,000 people were killed in Meulaboh alone.