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Tsunami death toll rises in Indonesia

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Tsunami death toll rises in Indonesia


Two days after a tsunami struck the Indonesian island of Java the death toll continues to rise. Officials says the giant waves claimed 525 lives but more than 270 people are sill missing. Several foreign tourists are among the dead.Amid the burials, an aftershock caused further distress sparking fears of another tsunami. It was a false alarm. The resort of Pangandaran was hardest hit by the massive surge, which reduced much of the village to rubble.

Thousands of people spent the night on mosque floors or under makeshift shelters. Indonesian media have questioned why there was no warning. Regional efforts are continuing to set up early alert systems after the massive Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004.

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