IN RESPONSE to media queries, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Tuesday there had been no report of any Singaporeans affected by the tsunami that had hit Indonesia.

But the MFA and the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta were closely monitoring the situation, it said.

A powerful earthquake triggered the 3m-high tsunami that pounded remote island villages in western Indonesia, killing at least 113 people and leaving up to 500 missing.

The magnitude 7.7 earthquake, which struck in the Mentawai Islands area west of Padang on Sumatra late on Monday, swept away 10 villages, officials said.

Casualty numbers and reports of damage are likely to climb once rescuers reach the affected areas. But strong winds and rough sea conditions are hampering the rescue effort.

The affected area is popular with foreign surfers, especially from Australia.

No S'poreans affected in quake