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BANDA ACEH, Indonesia Indonesian officials have their hands full trying to deal with two separate problems from this week's tsunami.

They're working to both get aid to those who need it and prevent looting.

Officials say they were able to drop rations to some areas hit by the tsunami. But they say other sections "were hard to reach because they are surrounded by cliffs."

Also, the government itself is running out of fuel. It's forcing emergency crews to ration what gasoline they have. Some say it's a sign that, "even the government has collapsed."

Meantime, police and soldiers are standing guard outside some stores to prevent looting. They stripped three alleged looters to their underpants and forced them to sit on the street as a warning to others.

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