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Thousands Dead in Myanmar Cyclone

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Official death toll approaches 4,000; government says total could reach five figures in wake of monster storm.
This image provided by NASA's MODIS instrument on board the Terra satellite shows Cyclone Nargis as it approaches the coast of Bangladesh Thursday May 1, 2008
Photos: Burmese Cleanup

YANGON, Myanmar - The death toll from the cyclone that ripped through Myanmar could reach 10,000, a top government minister said Monday.

Foreign diplomats said Foreign Minister Nyan Win acknowledged the possibility of the high casualty figure at a briefing given to them and representatives of U.N. and international aid agencies.

State radio earlier reported that the official death toll from Saturday's Cyclone Nargis had risen to 3,939 from an original count of 351.

The agencies said they are rushing to prepare assistance for victims of the cyclone.

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