Indonesia has been hit by Tsunami which was triggered by volcanic eruption. Leaving 168 dead and hundreds more injured the Tsunami which slammed into beaches around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait today has left many in fear as death tolls might rise.
In a video post posted on social media, a wall of water suddenly crashed into a concert by pop “Seventeen” sweeping band members off the stage and flooding into the audience. This Instagram video post from the scene in Indonesia shows horror at this scene where Riefian Fajarsyah said the band bassist and road manager was dead already and his wife not yet found. According to Nugroho search and rescue team have confirmed that 168 people are dead, 745 people injured and 30 reported missing across three regions of the scene in Indonesia.
This wave has left hundreds of building destroyed and everywhere around the coast of south Sumatra and western tip of Java with the surrounding environment in disarray with uprooted trees and debris strewn across beaches in these regions of Indonesia. According to the national disaster agency spokesman, the coasts were hit at around 9:30 pm (1430 GMT) on Sunday December 23rd, after a volcano known as the “child” of Krakatoa erupted.
According to the International Tsunami Information Centre, this kind of Tsunami triggered by volcanic eruption are rare compared to those triggered by earthquakes as there is no warning to give authorities and the surrounding environment any sign to alert people living around.
Oystein Andersen, photographer narrate his adventure of how he was caught up in the disaster while on the beach taking photos of Anak Krakatoa. Posting on his Facebook page, he wrote, “I suddenly saw a big wave, I had to run, as the wave passed the beach and landed 15-20m inland. (The) next wave entered the hotel area where I was staying and downed cars on the road behind it.”
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Indonesia government seem to be taking charge as teams of aid workers were helping to evacuate the injured and bring in clean water, tarpaulins and provide shelter,
According to Kathy Mueller from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said the toll was likely to rise as the conditions on the ground became clearer. In his words, “The situation and the death toll will remain fluid over the next days and even weeks,” she told AF