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27 October 2010 :: 14:10:37 pm 44882

Quake followed by Tsunami Leaves More Than One Hundred dead

A tsunami caused by 7.7 magnitude aftershocks from a volcano that erupted on Monday night in Indonesia has destroyed thousands of homes, leaving more than a hundred and thirty seven people dead and five hundred missing.
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Indonesia, 27th October 2010:  Rescue teams are struggling to reach people affected by the tsunami that struck the small islands off the coast of Sumatra where thousands of people living near Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano are being urged to evacuate amid fears of an eruption. Five hundred people are presumed missing to date with at least one hundred and thirty seven dead after four thousand homes were destroyed, sending people to higher ground.

President Barack Obama, who was said to have spent some of his childhood in Indonesia, has spoken of his sadness of the disaster and the deaths, but at the same time, he is heartened and encouraged by the resilience of the people and the commitment of their government in rapidly assisting the victims and the US is ready to help in any way possible.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is to fly back from a regional economic meeting in Vietnam, to assist in the aftermath of the tsunami and the rescue efforts on Java, where the erupting volcano is responsible for the devastating situation.

Hermansyah, the regional disaster official said the rough seas were hampering deliveries of aid to the stricken islands from Padang which is the nearest major port on Sumatra, with a ship being forced to return yesterday.  It has been predicted that more bad weather is on its way in the next coming days.

 

Aid in the form of tents, blankets, food, drinking water and medicine are desperately required, with the Indonesian Red Cross saying it was dispatching a team to the islands along with 1,000 tents.

Buildings in the South Pagai coastal village of Betu Monga, has been destroyed and of the two hundred villagers, only forty have been accounted for. Of the one hundred and sixty missing, most were women and children. Reports say that people could not hold on to their children as they were swept away.

#Waves of three meter high swept inland as far as six hundred meters on South Pagai.

 

An earthquake in September 2009 saw more than one thousand people killed, while in December 2004, a 9.1 magnitude quake off the coast of Aceh triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean  killed a quarter of a million people in thirteen countries including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.

The vast Indonesian archipelago sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, one of the world’s most active areas for earthquakes and volcanoes.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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