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Monday 27 April 2015

Air drops get under way for remote tsunami-hit Indonesian islands

A newly orphaned 2-month-old baby, who was found in a storm drain, sleeps at a hospital in Sikakap, Pagai Island, West Sumatra
A newly orphaned 2-month-old baby, who was found in a storm drain, sleeps at a hospital in Sikakap, Pagai Island, West Sumatra
A young girl who survived Monday's tsunami sits at a hospital in Sikakap, Mentawai Islands, Indonesia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2010.
Newly orphaned Imanuel Tegar who was found in a storm drain after a tsunami hit his village, receives medical treatment at a hospital in Sikakap, Mentawai Islands, Indonesia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2010
A tsunami survivor walks in his village which was hit by Monday's earthquake-triggered tsunami at Munte, North Pagai island, West Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2010
Tsunami survivors carry their belongings after their village was hit by Monday's earthquake-triggered tsunami at Munte, North Pagai island, West Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2010.
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 26: Paramedics wheel a villager injured during the Mount Merapi eruption, at Kaliurang village in Sleman, on October 26, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as Mount Merapi, which last erupted in 2006, began to emit plumes of smoke and clouds of ash. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
A villager walks past a buffalo killed in Mount Merapi eruption in Kinahrejo, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010.
A rescue worker searches for victims of the Indonesia volcanic eruption (AP)
Burnt trees and grass surround a building damaged by the volcanic eruption in Indonesia (AP)
Two Australians who survived the tsunami arrive at a port in West Sumatra (AP)
A volunteer watches as Mount Merapi spews volcanic smoke in the background in Kaliadem, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. Indonesia's most volatile volcano started erupting Tuesday, after scientists warned that pressure building beneath its dome could trigger the most powerful eruption in years. (AP Photo/Gembong Nusantara)
Paramedics wheel a villager injured during Mount Merapi eruption at a hospital in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010.Indonesia's most volatile volcano started erupting Tuesday, after scientists warned that pressure building beneath its dome could trigger the most powerful eruption in years. (AP Photo/Gembong Nusantara)
Rescue workers help villagers upon arrival at a temporary shelter after they were evacuated from their homes on the slope of Mount Merapi following its eruption in Pakem, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. Indonesia's most volatile volcano started erupting Tuesday, after scientists warned that pressure building beneath its dome could trigger the most powerful eruption in years. (AP Photo)
A villager watches Mount Merapi in Kaliadem, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. Indonesia's most volatile volcano started erupting Tuesday, after scientists warned that pressure building beneath its dome could trigger the most powerful eruption in years. (AP Photo)
Villagers carry their belongings as they are evacuated from their homes on the slope of Mount Merapi, in Pakem, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. Indonesia's most volatile volcano started erupting Tuesday, after scientists warned that pressure building beneath its dome could trigger the most powerful eruption in years. (AP Photo)
Paramedics carry a villager who is injured in Mount Merapi eruption into an ambulance to be brought to a hospital, in Pakem, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. Indonesia's most volatile volcano started erupting Tuesday, after scientists warned that pressure building beneath its dome could trigger the most powerful eruption in years. (AP Photo)
** EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT ** A rescuer wheels a man heavily burned in the eruption of Mount Merapi at a hospital in Pakem, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. Indonesia's most volatile volcano started erupting Tuesday, after scientists warned that pressure building beneath its dome could trigger the most powerful eruption in years. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 26: Paramedics carry an ash covered villager as Mount Merapi erupts, at Kaliurang village in Sleman, on October 26, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as Mount Merapi, which last erupted in 2006, began to emit plumes of smoke and clouds of ash. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 26: A mother carries her son as she runs following the erupution of Mount Merapi, at Kaliurang village in Sleman, on October 26, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as Mount Merapi, which last erupted in 2006, began to emit plumes of smoke and clouds of ash. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 26: A police officer helps a villager step down from a truck after being evacuated from their village to Girikerto village in Sleman, on October 26, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Authorities will evacuate more than 11,000 villagers living on the slopes of the Mount Merapi volcano near Yogyakarta on Java after the alert status for an eruption was raised to the highest level. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 26: Police and voluenteers help villager step down from a truck after being evacuated from their village to Girikerto village in Sleman, on October 26, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Authorities will evacuate more than 11,000 villagers living on the slopes of the Mount Merapi volcano near Yogyakarta on Java after the alert status for an eruption was raised to the highest level. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 26: Villagers travel in a truck after being evacuated from their village to Girikerto village in Sleman, on October 26, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Authorities will evacuate more than 11,000 villagers living on the slopes of the Mount Merapi volcano near Yogyakarta on Java after the alert status for an eruption was raised to the highest level. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 26: Paramedics wheel a villager injured during the Mount Merapi eruption, at Kaliurang village in Sleman, on October 26, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as Mount Merapi, which last erupted in 2006, began to emit plumes of smoke and clouds of ash. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
Indonesians wade through a flooded street at the main business district in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 25, 2010. About an hour of torrential rain triggered knee-high floods on the main streets of the capital and caused heavy traffic jams. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
An Indonesian police officer helps an elderly to board a truck to evacuate his home on the slope of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 25, 2010. Indonesia warned Monday that its most volatile volcano could erupt at any time and started evacuating some of the thousands of villagers living on the mountain's slope. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)
A village that was hit by pyroclastic flows from Mount Merapi eruption is pictured in Kinahrejo, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010. A volcanic eruption and a tsunami killed scores of people hundreds of miles apart in Indonesia, spasms from the Pacific "Ring of Fire," which spawns disasters from deep within the Earth. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)
A motorcycle lies covered by volcanic ash at a village that is hit by pyroclastic flows from Mount Merapi eruption in Kaliadem, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010. A volcanic eruption and a tsunami killed scores of people hundreds of miles apart in Indonesia, spasms from the Pacific "Ring of Fire," which spawns disasters from deep within the Earth. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 26: Paramedics wheel an ash covered villager on a stretcher as Mount Merapi erupts, at Kaliurang village in Sleman, on October 26, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as Mount Merapi, which last erupted in 2006, began to emit plumes of smoke and clouds of ash. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 26: A car is covered with ash from the erupting Mount Merapi volcano at Kaliurang village in Sleman, on October 26, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as Mount Merapi, which last erupted in 2006, began to emit plumes of smoke and clouds of ash. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 26: A car is covered with ash from the erupting Mount Merapi volcano at Kaliurang village in Sleman, on October 26, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as Mount Merapi, which last erupted in 2006, began to emit plumes of smoke and clouds of ash. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 26: Indonesian soldiers stand guard on a street covered by ash from the erupting Mount Merapi volcano, at Kaliurang village in Sleman, on October 26, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as Mount Merapi, which last erupted in 2006, began to emit plumes of smoke and clouds of ash. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 26: Indonesian soldiers stand guard on a street covered by ash from the erupting Mount Merapi volcano, at Kaliurang village in Sleman, on October 26, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as Mount Merapi, which last erupted in 2006, began to emit plumes of smoke and clouds of ash. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 26: A man wears a face mask as ash from the erupting Mount Merapi volcano blankets a street, at Kaliurang village in Sleman, on October 26, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as Mount Merapi, which last erupted in 2006, began to emit plumes of smoke and clouds of ash. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 26: A car is covered with ash from the erupting Mount Merapi volcano at Kaliurang village in Sleman, on October 26, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as Mount Merapi, which last erupted in 2006, began to emit plumes of smoke and clouds of ash. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 26: A car is covered with ash from the erupting Mount Merapi volcano at Kaliurang village in Sleman, on October 26, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as Mount Merapi, which last erupted in 2006, began to emit plumes of smoke and clouds of ash. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 26: A motorcycle rides up a street, blanketed in ash from the erupting Mount Merapi volcano, at Kaliurang village in Sleman, on October 26, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as Mount Merapi, which last erupted in 2006, began to emit plumes of smoke and clouds of ash. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 26: Indonesia men stand on a street covered by ash from the erupting Mount Merapi volcano, at Kaliurang village in Sleman, on October 26, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as Mount Merapi, which last erupted in 2006, began to emit plumes of smoke and clouds of ash. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 26: A man wears a face mask as ash from the erupting Mount Merapi volcano blankets a street, at Kaliurang village in Sleman, on October 26, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as Mount Merapi, which last erupted in 2006, began to emit plumes of smoke and clouds of ash. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 26: A mother carries her son as she runs following the erupution of Mount Merapi, at Kaliurang village in Sleman, on October 26, 2010 near Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as Mount Merapi, which last erupted in 2006, began to emit plumes of smoke and clouds of ash. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Planes dropped dried food to tsunami-hit Indonesian islands yesterday after storms and a shortage of vessels made helicopter and boat deliveries almost impossible.

Hundreds of miles away, a volcano on the island of Java that killed 35 people this week erupted five more times, but no more casualties were reported.

Four days after the tsunami crashed into the Mentawai islands off Sumatra the death toll has risen above 400 and details of survivors' misery and new accounts of the terrifying moments when the wave struck were still trickling out from the area.

A group of surfers told of huddling, screaming and praying as they watched a roaring wall of water cross a lagoon and slam into their three-storey thatch-roofed resort. The power of the wave shook the building so hard they feared it would collapse. All 27 people at the resort survived.

“It was noise and chaos. You can hear the water coming, coming, coming,” Chilean surfer Sebastian Carvallo said. “And then before the second wave hit the building, everyone was, like, screaming and when the wave hit the building you could only hear people praying.”

He said two of the waves were at least 16 feet high.

Dozens of injured survivors of the tsunami were at a hard-pressed hospital, including a newly orphaned two-month-old boy found in a storm drain.

The child, with cuts on his face, blinked sleepily in a humidified crib. Hospital workers named him Imanual Tegar. Tegar means “tough” in Indonesian.

“We need doctors, specialists,” nurse Anputra said at the tiny hospital in Pagai Utara, one of the four main islands in the Mentawai chain hit by Monday's tsunami.

Relief workers in Hercules planes air-dropped food — mostly boxes of instant noodles — onto the hardest-hit areas in the Mentawais. Heavy storms made the visibility unsafe for helicopters and the seas too dangerous for small boats to deliver emergency supplies.

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