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THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.
Villagers in Indonesia were deprived of an advanced alert that a tsunami was heading towards them because part of an early warning system had been vandalised, an Indonesian official said.
The revelation came as video footage from the Mentawai islands revealed the extent of the damage.
Rescuers have warned that the death toll from the tsunami is likely to climb. Hundreds of missing people are believed to have been swept away.
Ridwan Jamaluddin, from the Indonesian Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, told the BBC's Indonesian service that two buoys lying off the Mentawai islands were out of service when the tsunami struck.
"We don't say they are broken down but they were vandalised and the equipment is very expensive," he said. "It cost us 5bn rupiah (£353,000) each."
It is unclear how the damage was caused.
Originally posted by Gseven
reply to post by TechUnique
You brought up a good point....I was wondering if these were fairly new due to the LAST tsunami. Why would officials state that brand new buoys were vandalized if they were simply just broken? This begs the next obvious question....who would do such a thing, and why?