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Myanmar state radio says cyclone death toll soars above 22,000

*Map showing areas worst-hit by Tropical Cyclone Nargis. More than 22,000 people were killed in Myanmar's devastating cyclone, with thousands more feared dead after the storm left rice fields littered with corpses. (AFP Graphic)


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Myanmar (Burma)
YANGON, Myanmar - The death toll from the cyclone that battered Myanmar last weekend rose above 22,000 Tuesday as the international community prepared to rush in aid, state radio reported.

A news broadcast on government-run radio said that 22,464 people have now been confirmed dead from Cyclone Nargis, which tore through the country's rice bowl and biggest city of Yangon early Saturday.

The broadcast added that thousands more are missing.

Relief efforts for the stricken area, mostly in the low-lying Irrawaddy River delta, have been difficult, in large part because of the destruction of roads and communications outlets by the storm.

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