Mentawai tsunami kills
108; scores more missing

A tsunami that pounded several of the Mentawai Islands in West Sumatra killed at least 108 people left more than 500 people missing, Mentawai Legislative Council Speaker Hendri Dori said Tuesday.

At least 80 bodies had been recovered as of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, West Sumatra Disaster Management Agency said.

A magnitude-7.2 earthquake triggered the 3-meter wave that washed hundreds of homes into the sea late on Monday.

On Tuesday, rescuers were having a hard time reaching the areas closest to the epicenter because of strong winds and rough seas.

However, reports of damage and injuries were steadily climbing.

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