Tsunami Mentawai, 21 killed 240 Missing

Tsunami Mentawai

Worst conditions experienced Sikakap Island, the southernmost island in the Mentawai group of Islands. Sub Regional Disaster Management Agency of South Pagai, Mentawai Islands District, reported the death toll from the tsunami that occurred last night about 21 people were killed and 240 others were missing. Chairman BPBD South Pagai, Joskamatir, states, personnel still perform the search.

According to Jos, when contacted Tuesday, October 26, 2010, the worst conditions experienced Belerakso Hamlet, Village Malakopak, South Pagai. In the village, the death toll has reached 16 people. Hamlet is located at the southern cluster of the Mentawai Islands, so the closest to the epicenter of the quake 7.2 on the Richter scale which occurred at 21:42 last night. From the Capital of the Mentawai Islands, Tuapejat, it took 11 hours by motor boat to achieve it.

In the meantime, West Sumatra BPBD delivering carrier will send a team to help Sikakap Island, the southernmost island in the Mentawai Islands. As with any of Tuapejat, a trip from the city of Padang toward Sikakap also reached 11-hour sea voyage.

The tsunami that hit South North Pagai happened 15 minutes after the earthquake 7.2 on the Richter Scale was also damaged several areas in Mentawai District. Macaroni resort area reportedly heavily damaged by the tsunami. Cruise ships carrying foreign tourists are also reportedly still missing contacts.

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