Officials Deny Failures in Tsunami Aid Effort

PADANG Officials denied on Monday reports that aid is rotting in ports as desperate tsunami survivors scavenge for wild roots a week after the disaster that killed around 450 people. As President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the country would accept foreign money for reconstruction of the tsunami-hit villages, there were also reports that the government […]

Tsunami Death Toll Hits 311

PADANG The death toll from a tsunami that pummelled remote islands off Sumatra soared to 311 on Thursday as questions mounted over whether an elaborate warning system had failed. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was heading to the disaster zone, where fears were growing for hundreds still missing after huge waves triggered by a powerful earthquake […]

UPDATE 3 – Tsunami Deaths Rise to 154; 400 Missing

At least 154 people were killed and another 400 remain missing after a powerful earthquake triggered a tsunami off Sumatra, an official said on Wednesday. The quake struck late on Monday off the coast of western Sumatra, sending a three-metre wall of water into a remote island chain where several villages were flattened. “At least […]

UPDATE 2 – At Least 108 Dead, 500 Missing in Sumatra Quake

BENGKULU At least 108 people were killed and more than 500 were missing after a powerful earthquake triggered a tsunami that hit the Mentawai islands off Sumatra, an official said.

UPDATE 1 – Sumatra Quake Kills 23; 167 Missing

JAKARTA Twenty-three people are dead and 167 missing after a powerful earthquake hit parts of Sumatra, an official from the Disaster Management Agency said on Tuesday. The quake struck late on Monday near the Mentawai islands off the west coast of Sumatra, triggering tsunami waves. “Twenty-three people were killed in the Mentawai islands. One hundred […]

Major Quake Strikes Sumatra

A major 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Sumatra on Monday night, seismologists said, but there were no reports of damage or casualties and an earlier tsunami warning was lifted. The undersea quake hit Indonesia’s Kepulauan Mentawai region at 9:42pm at a shallow depth of 20.6 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said. The area is 240 kilometres […]

Man-Eating Tiger Dies

JAKARTA A Sumatran tiger that mauled a farmer to death last week has died from injuries inflicted by a trap set by local villagers, a wildlife official said. The male tiger was already badly injured when it was trapped late Thursday in Bengkalis district of Riau province, provincial conservation agency head Danis Woro said. “Its […]

Tiger Eats Man

BENGKALIS A tiger attacked, killed and part-ate a man as he worked on a palm oil plantation, one of the crops blamed for stripping the big cats’ habitat, an official said. The Sumatran tiger severely mauled the 35-year-old man on Tuesday in the Bengkalis district of Riau province, local conservation agency head Danis Woro said. […]