The death toll from Indonesia's tsunami has soared to at least 343
with 370 others missing, as questions mount over whether an elaborate
tsunami warning system off the country's western coast had failed.
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesia's president, headed on Thursday
to the disaster zone, where fears were growing for hundreds still
missing following Monday's tsunami.
Three-metre high waves
triggered by a powerful earthquake hit the Mentawais, a small group of
islands 280km to the northwest of Sumatra, on Monday.