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7000 still missing: Defence minister

December 30, 2004 13:54 IST

Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said 7000 people are still missing in the Andaman and Nicobar islands and some parts of south India following Sunday's killer tsunami.

Also see: Tsunami toll mounts to 80,000 | Complete Coverage

While official figures have put the toll in India at 6974, unofficial figures says over 10,000 people may have died.

The defence minister was speaking to reporters at Lalbagh in West Bengal.

Also see: Panic after Centre issues fresh alert

Mukherjee said the Union government has sanctioned Rs 500 crore for relief and rehabilitation measures in the affected areas.

He said the government has already sent 1000 metric tonnes of provisions to the Andaman and Nicobar islands, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

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