Appendix 1: Newspaper Story
200 bodies spotted by Irian Jaya fishermen
Jakarta: Fishermen in Irian Jaya, Indonesia, have spotted some 200 bodies believed to victims of the tsunami that smashed into neighboring West Sepik province earlier this month, a news report said yesterday.
The floating bodies were found by fishermen from Skouw Mabo and Skouw Sae villages near the Irian Jaya capital of Jayapura, the official Antara news agency said.
Frightened by the sight, the fishermen left the bodies off the border area between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and stopped fishing in the area, Antara said.
Meanwhile, authorities in the disaster area have dropped plans to destroy the lagoon where the bodies of thousands of people still lie as it is considered sacred by survivors, officials said.
The decision came as an international team of doctors began winding down its operations in Vanimo, airlifting 24 survivors and their relatives to a government-run hospital in nearby Wewak.
Less than 50 patients remained at the international field hospital in Vanimo yesterday and officials said the operation was likely to be shut down soon. -Agencies
(Source: page 2 of the The National newspaper, Port Moresby, Wednesday July 29, 1998)