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Thursday, 31 March, 2005

Hundreds said killed on Indonesia Banyak islands

About 200-300 people on the isolated Banyak island group were killed in Monday's huge earthquake, an Indonesian disaster official said on Wednesday.

"It is reported that 200 to 300 people died in Banyak. But we have not received further information about the homeless and wounded," Nerli Sulitiani, an official with the national disaster agency in the northern city of Medan told Reuters.

Sulitiani said the report came from agency staff on nearby Nias island, just to the south of the Banyak isles. Nias bore the brunt of the quake and oficials say at least 1,000 people there were killed.

Nias and the Banyak group are about 1,400 km (870 miles) northwest of Jakarta, off the western coast of Sumatra.

Source: Reuters AlertNet
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