Sri Lanka s death toll likely to be in the range of 10,000 to 12,000 latest reports
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 27, 2004, 4.10 p.m. The aftermath of the tidal wave terror in Sri Lanka continued with reports claiming that the death toll could be around the 10,000 to 12,000 mark. According to police sources the death toll in the Ampara district (Eastern province) alone is around the 4000 mark. Another 2000 at least is feared to have died in the Hambantota, Tangalle and Kataragama areas. Meanwhile, in Batticaloa already 650 bodies have been found, while in Jaffna another 149 have been found. The death toll in Trincomalee is nearly 600, and includes four Indian tourists. Another 900 dead bodies are there at the Galle s Karapitiya hospital. Reports also stated that 750 bodies have been found in the Mullaitivu area and at least another 1000 are feared dead in Vuvniya and Killinochchi. However, the search for bodies is continuing and police said that hundreds more will be found within the next few days at the end of the search.