Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

All the Missing Are Presumed Dead; TSUNAMI DISASTER BLOW FROM THAI PRIME MINISTER AS DESPERATE BRITISH RELATIVES ARRIVE TO SEARCH FOR LOVED ONES the Death of Her Husband Is the Latest Tragedy. Both Her Brothers Died in a Plane Crash and Her Mother Was Killed in a Car Accident

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

All the Missing Are Presumed Dead; TSUNAMI DISASTER BLOW FROM THAI PRIME MINISTER AS DESPERATE BRITISH RELATIVES ARRIVE TO SEARCH FOR LOVED ONES the Death of Her Husband Is the Latest Tragedy. Both Her Brothers Died in a Plane Crash and Her Mother Was Killed in a Car Accident

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Byline: ED HARRIS;ALEX KASRIEL

THE death toll of the tsunami disaster rose dramatically again today with 165,000 now thought to have been killed.

Official figures have confirmed 88,000 have died across the 12 countries affected by Sunday's earthquake but many of the most remote and severelyhit regions have not been reached yet.

Thousands have been buried in mass graves without being identified in an attempt to head off an expected outbreak of disease.

Hopes of relatives were today dealt a severe blow when Thailand's prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, said that nearly all the missing were probably dead.

Among the latest victims to be named is Julian Ayer, the adopted son of a prominent philosopher, who died when the bus he and his wife were travelling in was swept away in Sri Lanka.

Mr Ayer died after helping Harriet Crawley, his wife of three years, get out of the vehicle as it bore the full force of a massive wave. His father was " Freddie Ayer, professor at the universities of London and Oxford, who died in 1989.

Mr Ayer was a candidate for the Pro-Euro Conservative party in the 1999 European elections in the South West.

Mrs Crawley, 56, whose 17-year-old son Spencer was playing cricket in the nearby resort of Galle with a team from Harrow School, managed to flee to safety, but her husband was washed away. Spencer was unharmed.

Her husband's death is the latest in a series of tragedies to befall the family.

Mrs Crawley's two brothers, Randall and Andrew, were killed in 1988 when their private plane hit a mountain near Turin on their way home from Italy for her 40th birthday party in London.

Both their widows were seven months' pregnant. Her mother, the American historian Virginia Cowles, died in a car crash in 1983 and her father Aidan Crawley, a former Tory MP and chairman of LWT, died in 1993 virtually bankrupt as a result of investing heavily in Lloyd's of London. She also lost [pounds sterling]50,000 as one of the many doomed Lloyds names.

Mrs Crawley, who lives in west London, rose to prominence in the Eighties when she stood against Ken Livingstonein the Brent East constituency during the 1987 general election. …

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