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Death toll from Indonesian tsunami reaches 659 as emergency workers find more bodies

Daily Staff Report

PANGANDARAN, Indonesia – The death toll from the Indonesian tsunami earlier this week rose to 659 after emergency workers reached a previously inaccessible area along Java island’s southern coast, the government said Saturday.Drajat Santosa, an official at the government’s National Disaster Management Coordinating Board, said nearly 100 bodies were found in a part of Ciamis district that had been cut off by a broken bridge.The toll climbed to 659 with 330 others missing, he said. Previously, the government said 547 had been killed.A powerful earthquake on Monday sent towering waves crashing into a 110-mile stretch of Java’s southern coast, destroying scores of houses, restaurants and hotels. Cars, motorbikes and boats were left mangled amid fishing nets, furniture and other debris.


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