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Sumatran Tsunami

Scramble to Reach Tsunami -Hit Villages in Solomons

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (AFP)--Disaster relief agencies were scrambling Thursday to reach tsunami-hit villages in the Solomon Islands, warning the death toll following a powerful magnitude-8 quake is likely to rise.Officials said six people were confirmed dead after Wednesday's quake generated a wave that swamped coastal communities on the island of Ndende in the eastern Solomons, triggering fears of a more widespread destructive tsunami.Aid agency World Vision said some houses in the town of Venga were shifted 10 meters (33 feet) by the surge of water and 95% of homes in Nela village were washed away."I'm currently walking through one community and I'm knee-deep in water," World Vision emergency coordinator Jeremiah Tabua said. "I can see a number of houses that have been swept away by the surge."The Solomon Islands Red Cross said the remoteness of the disaster zone, more than 600 kilometers from the capital Honiara, was hindering relief efforts, with the island's airstrip closed due...

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