Storms crippling tsunami aid to Indonesia islands

A group of private aid workers battled fierce swells and driving rain that kept most craft on shore Friday, managing to deliver food and other supplies to desperate survivors on the islands hardest hit by a tsunami that killed more than 400 people.

Government agencies pulled back boats and helicopters that had been ferrying aid to the most distant corners of the Mentawai islands and instead resorted to air-dropping boxes of aid from planes.

‘No alert’ in Indonesian tsunami

A crucial link in Indonesia’s tsunami warning system was not working during Monday’s tsunami because it had been vandalised, says an Indonesian official.

Hundreds of people were killed and many are missing as a result of the tsunami, which was generated by a magnitude 7.7 earthquake off the west coast of Sumatra.

Aid workers attempting to reach Indonesia quake, tsunami victims

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Padang, Indonesia (CNN) — At least 311 people have died in a magnitude-7.7 earthquake off Indonesia and the subsequent tsunami, said the head of West Sumatra’s disaster management agency Wednesday.

Another 410 people are still missing, agency coordinator Ade Edward said.


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