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DISASTER IN SOUTH ASIA

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DEATH TOLL IS MORE THAN 121,000

Indonesia, the hardest hit, said its death toll of about 80,000 could reach 100,000, and officials began to acknowledge that the precise number of dead may never be known. The official overall toll is more than 121,000, but U.N. humanitarian chief Jan Egeland estimated the toll was approaching 150,000. The toll from other hard-hit countries: Sri Lanka _ more than 28,000. India _ more than 7,700. Thailand _ more than 4,500. The U.S. death toll is 15.

CELEBRATIONS ARE TONED DOWN

New Year's Eve celebrations were quiet around the world. Across Asia, celebrations and fireworks were scaled back or canceled and people were told to pray or attend memorial services instead. In New York, a moment of silence in Times Square honored the victims. France draped the Champs-Elysees in black mourning cloth. In Italy, residents planned a minute of silence or to replace fireworks with candles. In Germany, Austria and other countries, money for pyrotechnics is being donated to victims. In Sweden, restaurants asked that money to be spent on food be donated instead to the Red Cross. 9A

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