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Jakarta Post

Hundreds missing in Mentawai

  • Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

    The Jakarta Post

Padang   /   Wed, October 27 2010   /  10:33 am

An earthquake-triggered tsunami swept through the Mentawai Islands in West Sumatra late Monday after a tsunami warning issued following the 7.2-magnitude quake was lifted.

The disaster, the biggest tidal waves since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, killed more than 100 people with hundreds of others still missing on Tuesday, an official said.Mujiharto, who heads the Health Ministry’s crisis center, said 113 bodies had been recovered so far, the Associated Press reported, with the number of missing victims at between 150 and 500.Officials from the disaster management posts in North and South Pagai Islands said the disaster had claimed 80 lives and left 102 others missing. There was still no information on 10 hamlets hit by the killer waves.Roberta Sarokdok, the executive director of Citra Mandiri Foundation, an NGO operating in the area, said that the waves, were up to 3 meters in ...