Asian Tsunami Death Toll Reaches 220,000

The number of dead from last month’s tsunami topped 220,000 yesterday, after Indonesian authorities revised their estimates sharply upward. Health authorities revised more than 77,000 people listed as missing as deceased.

In a related story, Guam veterinarian Joseph Edhlund is still in Indonesia helping with tsunami relief, despite the loss of his plane. Edhlund left for Indonesia earlier this month with his charter Beechcraft to render assistance. On January 9th he was ferrying supplies and South African aid workers into the city of Meulaboh when the airplane veered sharply and skidded off the runway on its belly. The damage grounded Edhlund’s plane, but he continues to help local airlines transport supplies and aid workers to the stricken province.