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Nepali gov't puts conflict death toll at 16,278

09-21-2010 13:28 BJT

KATHMANDU, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Updated Nepali government records have put the 10-year conflict death toll at 16,278 and this figure may go further up in the next four months when a government task force is scheduled to come up with the final tally, Republica daily reported on Tuesday.

According to Peace and Reconstruction Secretary Dhruba Prasad Sharma, a task force formed by the ministry finalized the data on the basis of the recommendations made by district administration offices, peace committees and district-based all-party mechanisms.

The data shows that 1,327 people were made to disappear during the 10-year conflict. Around 1,219 were abducted during the period. The task force has estimated that 9,000 women lost their husbands in the armed conflicts. Similarly, 78,708 people were internally displaced while 11,775 lost their properties during the conflicts.

"The task force will continue to collect data on the deaths till mid-January. But, I think, this conflict-related death toll is unlikely to change significantly," Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Rakam Chemjong told Republica after releasing the figures at a press conference on Monday on the eve of International Peace Day, which falls Tuesday.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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