Deadly tsunami hit Indonesian resorts without warning

Indonesian tsunami death toll continues to rise

Efforts to recover the bodies of those killed by a tsunami that struck western Indonesia on Saturday continued today as the death toll increased past 400.

Body bags were laid out along the coastline after waves crashed into the islands of Java and Sumatra, smashing homes and hotels and leaving beaches strewn with debris. The military were joined by hundreds of volunteers to comb the destruction for bodies or those who needed assistance.

More than 1,400 were injured and at least 128 were missing. Most of the victims were Indonesian tourists visiting beaches during the long weekend before Christmas.

Natasya Phebe, an Indonesian doctor who works for the Christian aid agency World Vision, was enjoying her holiday and having dinner with friends on the sands…

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