179 houses, 10 bridges destroyed by Mentawai tsunami

The Jakarta Post, Padang, West Sumatra | Thu, 10/28/2010 5:00 PM | National

The latest data from the West Sumatra Provincial Board for Disaster Mitigation (BPBD) showed that 179 houses, 4 schools and 10 bridges were heavily destructed in Mentawai islands due to a tsunami that slammed the areas on Monday.

Five worship houses, two resort areas and 8 kilometer roads were also torn by the wave, the data said.

As of Thursday afternoon, the data confirmed that the death toll in Mentawai islands reached 311, with 379 people missing. The data also said that 261 people were severely injured.

The 7.2-magnitude quake struck the floor of the sea close to the islands and spawned a 3 meter-high wave Monday night, displacing more than 4,000 families. (rdf)


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