Swedish tsunami children found alive

A Swedish man and a Dutch national were among more than 340 people killed by the tsunami that slammed into Indonesia's Java coast on Monday, Swedish and Dutch authorities said.

“A 55-year-old Swedish man was found dead in Pangandaran,” foreign ministry spokesman Jan Janonius told AFP.

Indonesian authorities said earlier that a Belgian was also among the dead.

However, two Swedish children reported missing were found in good health, the Swedish foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

The two boys, Pidi, aged eight, and Per-Martin, six, were found inland from the beach at Pangandaran where the tsunami struck.

The children’s father was receiving treatment at a hospital in Java. The family was on the beach at Pangandaran when the tsunami struck, according to Swedish news agency TT.

At least 343 people were killed and 431 people injured across six districts along Central and West Java provinces as the two-metre wave struck land. Most deaths were in Pangandaran in West Java’s Ciamis district, about 270 kilometres southeast of Jakarta.

The tsunami was triggered by a 7.7-magnitude undersea earthquake off the south coast of Java island, where no early warning system had yet been put in place.

On December 26th 2004 a tsunami left over 220,000 people dead across Asia. More than 500 Swedes died in the catastrophe.