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Indonesian tsunami dead tops 400

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Indonesian tsunami dead tops 400


The number of dead in the Indonesian tsunami has now topped 400.

The latest count comes despite 300 people still reported missing from Monday’s monster wave, caused by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake off Indonesia’s Sumatran coast.

A lack of helicopters and bad weather is said to be hampering relief efforts with torrential rain and high tides making it difficult for boats to get to the disaster zone around the isolated Mentawai islands.

The rush to get aid to the Tsunami’s survivors comes as Indonesia also struggles to cope with this week’s eruption of Mount Merapi.

More than 30 people have died following a series of large scale explosions from the volcano in the last few days.

Merapi continues to spew lava and hot ash spreading think dust to surrounding villages.

That has prompted authorities to widen the danger area, which has already seen some and 40,000 residents evacuated from the mountain slopes.

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