Indonesia toll climbs to 1,600

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The Independent Online
MAUMERE, INDONESIA (Reuter) - Almost 1,600 bodies have been found after an earthquake and huge tidal waves turned parts of Indonesia's 'Isle of Flowers' into a cemetery. On the outskirts of the town of Maumere, survivors said tidal waves swamped their fishing village three times and swept many of the hamlet's 2,000 residents away.

'The second wave was as high as a coconut tree,' a fisherman, Patamu, said. 'The waves were hot, like lava.'