Reported at least 262 killed on Java Island

An  aerial  view of  devastated shops  after a tsunami swept past  the  beach in Pangandaran, West Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, July 18, 2006.   Desperate villagers dug through destroyed homes and hotels looking for survivors from a tsunami on Indonesia's Java island Tuesday as the death toll rose to at least 110 with scores missing, officials and media reports said.   (AP Photo/ Tatan Syuflana)

A tsunami crashed into beach resorts and fishing villages on Java island Monday, killing at least 262 people and leaving more than 160 missing after bulletins failed to reach the region because no warning system was in place.

Pangandaran it's quite a famous beach resorts and tourist destination in West Java Province. (Pangandaran Travel Guide from Virtual Tourist.com)

It was told that frantic tourists and villagers shouted "Tsunami! Tsunami!" as the wave more than 6 feet high approached. Some climbed trees or fled to higher ground to escape while others crowded into inland mosques to pray.

At least 23,000 people fled their homes, either because they were destroyed or in fear of another tsunami.

Death toll rose to at least 262.
  • At least 172 people were killed and 85 others were missing in the Pangandaran area. A Pakistani national, a Swedish national and a Dutch national were among the dead. Most of the victims were believed to be Indonesians.
  • At least 77 were killed and more than 70 others were missing in nearby Cilacap district.
  • 13 others died elsewhere along the coast.
Complete story here: Tsunami kills at least 262 on Java island

Comments

Anonymous said…
Some climbed trees or fled to higher ground to escape while others crowded into inland mosques to pray.

Better to fled or clim trees than pray because their god can not do anything on earth!
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R2K said…
Depressing and scary.
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