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Tsunami toll likely to rise in Indonesia

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Tsunami toll likely to rise in Indonesia


Continuing bad weather is hampering search and rescue operations in the aftermath of the tsunami which slammed remote islands in western Indonesia two days ago.

At least 113 people are confirmed dead but that number is bound to rise as scores are still missing with agencies struggling to get to the afflicted area.

There are reports that one village Betu Monga has been washed away with only 40 of its 200 residents having been found.

The powerful wave – some three metres high – was triggered by a 7.5 magnitude quake which struck off the coast of Sumatra.

The disaster follows last week’s floods caused by torrential rain which engulfed parts of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta.

It is hoped that many of those missing after the tsunami are taking refuge on higher ground awaiting help.

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