Death Toll Likely to Climb in Dual Indonesian Disasters

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MENTAWAI ISLANDS, Indonesia (AP) - Rescuers surveying the devastation caused by a tsunami that crashed over islands off western Indonesia say the death toll of more than 300 is likely to climb.

They fear many of the hundreds missing may have been swept away.

The top West Sumatra disaster official says swollen corpses still litter beaches in the tsunami-ravaged Mentawai Islands on Thursday.

Rescue teams believe that of the 370 still missing, many of the bodies have been swept to sea.

The death toll so far stands as 313.

Indonesia is also holding a mass burial for some of the 30 people killed when one the country's most volatile volcanoes erupted.

The dual disasters struck Indonesia within 24 hours, straining the country's ability to respond.

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