Thursday, October 28, 2010

Death Toll Mounts In Trio of Indonesian Natural Disasters

The death toll continues rising in the aftermath of the trio of natural disasters to strike Indonesia - an erupting Mount Merapi, earthquake, and subsequent tsunami.

Tsunami buoys were vandalized, but it isn't clear that it would have made any difference because of the close proximity between the epicenter of the quake and nearby villages. They may not have had any chance, even if warnings were sounded. Nearly 700 people are missing and presumed to have been swept out to sea. More than 340 others were killed in the combined natural disasters.

Mount Merapi has renewed its eruptions, putting thousands at risk from the ashfall.

More than 20,000 have been displaced.

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