Indonesia struggles as twin disaster tolls mount

Written by: Samyuktha
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Jakarta, Oct 28: Indonesia continues to battle for survival against twin disasters as the volcano, tsunami death tolls continue to mount.

Over 300 people have died in Mentawai islands was hit by a massive tsunami, triggered by a 7.7-magnitude earthquake. Official figures put death toll from Oct 25 7.7-magnitude earthquake at 311.

379 people have been listed missing, around 400 injured, and 4,000 villagers have been rendered homeless in the earthquake and the subsequent 3m-high tsunami wave.

Days after Mount Merapi volcano eruption, hot ash is still spewing into the skies. The search for victims has been suspended temporarily due to the rain. The operations will begin again once the weather conditions improves, said officials.

While those burnt or injured in the volcanic eruption are being treated by Red Cross Indonesia workers, a mass burial was held in central Java for 20 of the 32 victims killed in the volcanic eruption.

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