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Huge waves continue to pound Indonesian coasts

May 20, 2007
Jakarta- After destroying hundreds of houses across the
coastal lines of Java, Bali and western Sumatra, tidal waves struck
the coasts of eastern Indonesian islands of Lombok and Flores, forced
to more than 1,000 people to flee their homes and keeping fishermen
onshore, local media reports said Sunday.

While residents across the southern coast of Java and Bali, and
the western coast of Sumatra, were cleaning out debris from their
homes which were damaged by the tidal waves two days earlier, the
huge waves heavily damaged or destroyed more than 150 homes along
coastlines on Lombok and Flores islands.

At least 1,000 residents were forced to abandon their homes on the
two islands, and the tidal waves also forced on fishermen to halt
their activity, a leading Kompas daily reported.

Weather officials say the waves were a result of the accumulation
of winds in one spot and are not linked with annual weather patterns.
Forecasters warned that high waves may reoccur in the coming days.

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