After a tsunami actuated by a powerful earthquake hit Indonesia’s western Mentawai Islands earlier this week.
At least 408 people have been confirmed dead , but officials say the death toll could go upward.
On Friday, the head of the West Sumatra provincial disaster management centre, Mr Harmensyah said, that rescue teams “believe many, many of the bodies were swept to sea”.
Bodies have also been discovered buried on beaches and even stuck in trees across the islands.
On Monday, more than 400 people are believed to be still not found after 3-metre high waves buffeted the small group of islands, about 280km to the northwest of Sumatra.
On Thursday, Ade Edward, a local disaster management official said, “Of those missing people, we think two-thirds of them are probably dead, either swept out to sea or buried in the sand,”
“When we flew over the area … we saw many bodies. Heads and legs were sticking out of the sand, some of them were in the trees. If we add another 200 to the toll it would be at least 543 dead”.