CNN is reporting that over 21,000 people are dead in the aftermath of tidal waves triggered by a massive earthquake in the Indian Ocean:
More than 10,000 people have been reported dead in Sri Lanka. Most of them, authorities said, were in the eastern district of Batticaloa. Thousands were missing, an estimated 1 million were displaced and an estimated 250,000 were homeless.
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Reuters points to warnings of epidemics due to waterborne disease in the aftermath of the devastation.