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Myanmar cyclone death toll rises to 38,491
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The death toll of Myanmar's cyclone storm Nargis rose by 4,218, bringing the total number to 38,491, the state radio reported Wednesday evening.

Children eat rice that was donated, in their destroyed home near Kundangon May 13, 2008.

The report said altogether 27,838 people still remained missing and the number of injured climbed to 1,403.

A deadly tropical cyclone Nargis, which occurred over the Bay of Bengal, hit five divisions and states -- Ayeyawaddy, Yangon, Bago, Mon and Kayin on May 2 and 3, of which Ayeyawaddy and Yangon inflicted the heaviest casualties and infrastructural damage.

Hard-hit coastal towns in the southwestern Ayeyawaddy division include Haing Gyi Island, Laputta, Mawlamyinegyun, Bogalay, Phyarpon, Kyaiklat, Ngaputaw, and Dedaye, while worst-hit areas inYangon division comprised Kungyangon, Thanlyin, Kyauktan, Twantay, Kawmu as well as the Yangon city.

A group of displaced people affected by Cyclone Nargis is seen near Yangon May 12, 2008.

(Xinhua News Agency May 15, 2008)

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