Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Asia - Storms and Tsunamis kill hundreds

Over 300 have died in a natural disaster in Indonesia. A tsunami measuring over 20 metres struck the coast after a series of earthquakes hit the area around Java. The first quake hit at 08:19 local time on the 17th July [Monday] measuring 7.7 [BBC]. Three further tremors exceeding 5.5 on the Richter scale hit the area throughout the day and two earthquakes hit early Tuesday. At least 100 are missing and hundreds more have been displaced. China has also suffered many losses after heavy floods swept across many central provinces. CNN reported over 100 missing whilst Sky reported 185 dead. It is one of the worst rainy seasons China has seen in many years [BBCPosted by Picasa

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