Death toll in Myanmar could reach 127,990

Wednesday, May 14th 2008, 11:59 am
By: News 9

Associated Press ET

YANGON, Myanmar -- The Red Cross said the death toll in Myanmar's cyclone may be between 68,833 and 127,990.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says it arrived at the figure by pooling and extrapolating assessments by other aid groups and organizations.

It says in a situation report on Myanmar that the total affected population is between 1.64 million and 2.51 million.

The report issued today noted that "official government casualty figures remain significantly lower."

The government says 34,273 people were killed and 27,838 are missing.

The Red Cross figure is the highest reported so far. The U.N. has said the number of dead could be between 60,000 and 100,000.