It is now known that the tsunami which swept ashore on the coast of Java in Indonesia on Monday killed more than 340 people.
Over 100 more are missing. Many survivors were injured when the water swept them against wreckage and trees. No warning had been given about the wave.
Soldiers brought in to help are recovering bodies trapped under rubble in Pangandaran town, a tourist resort which bore the brunt of the damage.
Anxious relatives attended a hospital to identify the victims. Local authorities said the underwater tremor measured 6.8 on the Richter scale and originated hundreds of kilometres offshore
Belgian tourist Jan Boeken had a close escape:
“The water grabbed me and pulled me under. I got bruised by a lot of things that were in the water. At one moment I felt like I was dying. At that moment, the wall collapsed and the water threw me out,” he said.
It has emerged that a warning system which was supposed to alert people of the tsunami danger following the 2004 disaster has not been installed yet in Java.