The Kremlin said Wednesday the confirmed death toll from the earthquake in Tadzhikistan now stood at 274 and was not likely to rise above 300 - far fewer than original estimates of 1,000 deaths. The local government in the Central Asian republic declared a day of mourning for victims of Monday's quake and subsequent mudslides as media reports also predicted a death toll "much smaller" than initial reports indicated. Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman Gennady Gerasimov told a news conference that 274 bodies had been recovered so far, most of them victims of mud-slides that in one case buried an entire village. "The is not a final figure, but it is certain to be under 300," Gerasimov said. Reports said damage amounted to about $19.2 million.