This ain’t getting any better…
Swathes of coast were stripped of life in the isolated west of Indonesia’s Aceh with reports of starvation and looting doing little to alleviate fears for areas from where there was only silence.
Witness accounts from aircraft flying over a 240-kilometre [150 mile -ed] stretch of shoreline say absolutely nothing remains of villages and towns in an area left underwater by Sunday’s titanic earthquake and waves.
While relief was reaching other parts of Aceh, the region at the northern tip of Sumatra island, there has been no contact with the main western town of Meulaboh, other than an SOS warning that time is running out for survivors.
Vice-President Yusuf Kalla, who made an aerial reconnaisance of the western coastline and outlying islands said he saw no signs of life in Meulaboh, a town with a population of 40,000.
‘Horrific’ doesn’t even cover it.