Local authorities have started mass burials of tsunami victims in Southern Sri Lanka which are piling up unclaimed in hospital in coastal areas as the death toll continues to mount

Local authorities have started mass burials of tsunami victims in Southern Sri Lanka which are piling up unclaimed in hospital in coastal areas as the death toll continues to mount. Local authorities have started mass burials of tsunami victims in Southern Sri Lanka which are piling up unclaimed in hospital in coastal areas as the death toll continues to mount. Official death counts are now topping 10,000 with many more still listed as missing.

In Hambantota district officials say more than a thousand bodies have been recovered.

Resident in Galle say the stench of putrefying bodies is hanging in the air as authorities struggle to deal with the many dead, with medical services overwhelmed by the dead and dying.

International relief efforts are gathering pace as the scale of the disaster is becoming grimly evident.

Relatives rushing to disaster areas say they cannot go through all the bodies lying in hospitals before they are buried.

In the North and Eastern areas, which are under the control of the Tamil Tiger rebels estimates of death are about a 1000 in the Northern Jaffna District and about 2000 in the North Eastern area running through Mulativu.

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