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The Latest: Tsunami toll now 429 dead, thousands homeless



The latest news about the tsunami that hit parts of Indonesia (all local times):

13:30

The death toll from the tsunami that hit the Indonesian islands on Saturday night Warning he has left 420 with more than 1,400 injured.

Thousands of people became homeless when the waves destroyed houses in coastal areas in western Java and southern Sumatra 429 on Tuesday and at least 128 were missing.

Military troops, government personnel and volunteers searched along rubble-strewn beaches. Where victims were found, body bags were laid and weeping relatives identified the dead.

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The Christmas holidays were solemn with prayers for tsunami victims in the Indonesian region hit by waves. Saturday night without warning.

Markus Taekz said that Pentecost Rahmat in the hard-hit area of ​​Carita did not celebrate with happy music.

Instead, he said that only about 100 people had come to the service on Christmas Eve. usually twice as many, because many people had left the area for the capital Jakarta or other areas outside the disaster area.

Recognizing the catastrophe that killed hundreds, he said, "Our celebration is full of sorrow."

Indonesia is mainly Muslim with Christians, Hindus, and other religions. Church leaders called on Christians to pray for the victims of the tsunami.


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