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Indonesia: Tsunami hits Sunda Strait, 168 killed

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 23 Dec 2018

Indonesia: Tsunami hits Sunda Strait, 168 killed

Jakarta: At least 168 people died as a tsunami hit Indonesia's Sunda Strait on Saturday, media reports said.

The tragedy left 745 injured.

At least 168 people have been killed and 745 injured after a tsunami hit coastal towns on Indonesia's Sunda Strait, government officials told BBC.

Hundreds of buildings were destroyed in the area as tsunami waves hit it without any warning.

As per BBC report, officials say the tsunami could have been caused by undersea landslides after Anak Krakatau volcano erupted.

The Sunda Strait is crucial as it connects Java Sea to the Indian Ocean.

"Volunteers have reached Tanjung Lesung for search and rescue," Edi, 40, a resident of Tanjung Lesung, who is also a survivor of the tsunami told Antara news agency on Sunday. 

A rescue operation is currently going on.

Lampung regional secretary Hamartono Ahadis was quoted as saying by Antara: "Don't easily trust information saying there will be a tsunami in the city. However, residents should remain vigilant and be careful should the high waves come again."

Speaking on the toll, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told The Jakarta Post the latest death toll as of Sunday at 1 p.m. was 168 people, with 750 injured and 35 reported missing. 

Data from the Banten Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) received by The Jakarta Post reveals that a total of five beaches in Banten's Pandeglang regency were affected by the disaster, namely Tanjung Lesung, Sumur, Teluk Lada, Panimbang and Carita. 

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, national spokesman at Indonesia's disaster agency,  shared footage of the disaster on his Twitter handle.
 

 

Image: Sutopo Purwo Nugroho Twitter page grab