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Indonesian President Visits Tsunami Disaster Zone


Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has offered words of support to survivors of Monday's tsunami during his visit to a hard-hit beach town on the southern coast of Java island.

Mr. Yudhoyono Friday toured the Pangandaran coastal area, where at least 550 people were killed by a powerful wall of water that hurtled ashore after an undersea earthquake.

The president joined in prayers with thousands of villagers who were displaced by the tsunami.

Many people are spending the nights in temporary shelters made of plastic and other makeshift materials. Their homes were damaged or destroyed by a two-meter-high wave.

Rescue workers are still searching for bodies and at least 235 missing people. Aid agencies are tending to the hundreds of injured and others in need.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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