Disaster deaths approach 2000

HONG KONG - The death toll from a week of catastrophes across Asia-Pacific neared 2000 yesterday as rescuers raced to reach survivors of earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons.

HONG KONG - The death toll from a week of catastrophes across Asia-Pacific neared 2000 yesterday as rescuers raced to reach survivors of earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons.

Emergency workers held out scant hope of finding more people alive in the wreckage left by the Indonesian quake, leaving clean-up teams the grim task of retrieving the decaying bodies of thousands of victims.

The military and medics pushed deeper into rural areas where whole villages have been buried by landslides. - Sapa-AFP

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