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Twelve Days After Disaster, Fate Of Thousands Of Americans Unknown

The State Department says it's not clear exactly how many Americans may be lost in last week's tsunami that hit south Asia.

An official tells C-B-S that some 26-hundred Americans may have been in the tsunami's path. That's down from 29-hundred the department stated yesterday.

Maura Harty also says 17 are known dead and another 18 are missing and presumed dead. That's one more death than had been stated earlier and two fewer missing.

She offered no explanation for the changed numbers.

The department has declined to estimate how many Americans may have died. And, many officials say the majority of those still unaccounted for may have simply failed to get in touch with relatives.

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