Thursday, June 18, 1998 Published at 21:11 GMT 22:11 UK
World: South Asia
Cyclone may have killed 3,000
Shanty towns were ripped apart
Revised figures show that almost 3,000 people may have been killed in the cyclone that ripped through western India.
They say 1,126 are dead but have revised the number of missing people from 250 to 1,750.
Many of the missing are migrant workers employed in the salt mining industry and living in the shanty towns which bore the brunt of the storm.
Aid workers, who are also tackling disease among survivors, fear the final death toll could go even higher.
Gujarat State spokesman J.M. Dave said many bodies swept away by tidal surges may never be recovered.
About 2,000 of the dead and missing were salt workers. The rest were mainly fishermen, port workers and labourers.
Torrential rains accompanied by winds of up to 120kph (75mph) flattened shanty towns, uprooted electric poles and flooded highways when the cyclone hit on June 9.
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee visited the region on Wednesday and promised help for the Gujarat government.
The US government has authorised aid of $25,000 for the Prime Minister's Relief Fund to help cyclone victims.