1,100 killed in Indonesia earthquake: UN

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New York, Oct 2: The United Nations on Friday, Oct 2 said that an estimated 1,100 people have been killed in the massive earthquake that struck Indonesia's West Sumatra province.

The United Nations humanitarian chief, John Holmes, said at UN Headquarters that some 1,100 people had been killed in Wednesday's 7.6 magnitude quake.

"There has been no information on the situation on the large island of Mentawi, while it is feared that the impact of the quake on the island is significant," Holmes said.

Thousands more were feared trapped under damaged houses, hospitals, hotels and schools, Holmes said.

Holmes also gave an update on the situation in the South Pacific, with 146 deaths in Samoa, seven deaths in Tonga and 19 deaths in American Samoa, which were hit by a tsunami that was triggered by an 8.5-magnitude earthquake.

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