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Indonesia tsunami toll hits 343 as bodies found; volcano erupting again

MENTAWAI ISLANDS, Indonesia (AP) - An official says the death toAn official says the death toll from a tsunami off western Indonesia has risen to 343 as more bodies are found in a search of the remote islands that were hardest-hit.ll from a tsunami off western Indonesia has risen to 343 as more bodies are found in a search of the remote islands that were hardest-hit.

Ferry Faisal, of the West Sumatra provincial disaster management agency, raised the official toll Thursday to 343 from 311 earlier in the day. He says 338 people are still missing.

Rescuers fear the numbers could climb higher, suspecting many of the missing may have been swept away to sea.

Meanwhile, Indonesia's vulcanology agency says the volcano that killed 33 people earlier this week is erupting again. But there are no new injuries or damage are reported. Most of the residents have been evacuated from the area.

It was unclear whether the new activity was a sign of another major blast to come.


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