PANGANDARAN, Indonesia – Indonesia's president vowed to install a nationwide tsunami warning system by mid-2008 as the death toll from the disaster rose Wednesday to 547 with more than 300 others missing.
"We want to expedite efforts to get infrastructure for the tsunami warning system," President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said late Tuesday. "I will work with parliament to get the budget."
A magnitude 7.7 earthquake Monday triggered towering waves that smashed into a 110-mile stretch of Java's southern coast, destroying scores of houses, restaurants and hotels. Cars, motorbikes and boats were left mangled amid fishing nets, furniture and other debris.
Emergency teams keep pulling out corpses from the ruins.
Indonesia's national disaster coordinating board said Friday that 547 people had been killed and 323 others were missing.