Death toll rises in Indonesia as hope fades
Rescue workers continued the search for hundreds of missing people on Indonesia's tsunami-hit Mentawai islands. The death toll could rise to around 600, officials said. The death toll from Monday's 7.7-magnitude earthquake was at 394, while 312 people were listed as missing Ade Edward, head of the Regional Disaster Management Agency in the West Sumatra province, told the Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Mount Merapi erputed again for 21 minutes Saturday, followed by more than 350 volcanic tremors and 33 ash bursts, the Canadian Press said. Rescue workers hoped to airdrop aid, but storms made it too dangerous.
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