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Thai death toll 4,560

BANGKOK, DEC. 31. The confirmed death toll in Thailand's tidal wave disaster rose today evening to 4,560, including 2,230 foreigners.

There were 2,145 Thai victims and 185 bodies whose race could not be determined, said the Interior Ministry's disaster mitigation department.

Six provinces on the Andaman Sea were battered by huge waves last Sunday.

One of them — Phang Nga, where the devastated resort of Khao Lak is located — accounted for 3,701 of the deaths. Krabi had 395 deaths, Phuket 281, Ranong 172, Satun six and Trang five.

The Ministry said 6,541 persons were missing and 10,509 were injured. The Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, has said 80 per cent of the missing are presumed dead. — AFP

AP reports:

Clutching white roses and candles, hundreds of mourners gathered on Friday night in Phuket to remember and show their love for family and friends who died in tsunami that battered southern Thai resorts.

With a band playing Elton John's ``Candle in the Wind'' at a shopping mall on Phuket island, Thais and foreigners raised their lit candles.

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