Tsunami strikes Indonesia, 168 reported dead & more injuries
It has been reported that at least 168 people dead, 700 injured and others left homeless after a tsunami struck beaches in Indonesia overnight.
A further 30 people are still missing after a volcanic eruption caused a deadly wave to crash over a pop concert where band Seventeen were playing on Saturday evening, sending people fleeing for their lives. Two members of the band have been confirmed dead, along with the road manager and a crew member while the drummer is missing, reported by Daily Mail.
The 16-foot-high wave hit beaches around the Sunda Strait, between the islands of Java and Sumatra at about 9.30pm local time, destroying 430 houses, nine hotels and 10 ships.
Scientists say the tsunami was probably caused by the eruption of Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island formed over years from the nearby Krakatau volcano. The Meteorology and Geophysics agency also said tidal waves may have been strengthened by the full moon.
Undersea landslides from the eruption of Anak Krakatau – an island formed from previous blasts from Krakatoa – were recorded 24 minutes before the tsunami struck.
Eyewitnesses have described fleeing for their lives as beachfront hotels and homes were swept away in the province of Banten in the Strait, when the wall of water hit.
Terrifying footage from Tanjung Lesung Beach Resort showed dozens of locals enjoying a set by band Seventeen late on Saturday until suddenly, the stage collapses.
Some 200 employees of state electricity utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and family members had gathered for their end-of-year party when the tsunami struck on Saturday night.
People were heard screaming as they fled the oncoming wave, which swallowed the band on stage in a split second.
‘Underwater I could only pray ‘Jesus Christ help,’ Zack, a crew member of the rock band Seventeen, said in an Instagram post.
‘In the final seconds I almost ran out of breath,’ he said, adding he survived by clinging to part of the collapsed stage.
Among the dead were Seventeen’s bassist M. Awal ‘Bani’ Purbani, road manager Oki Wijaya, guitarist Herman Sikumbang and crew member Ujang, the lead singer Riefian ‘Ifan’ Fajarsyah said.
The band’s drummer is still missing.
Survivors are currently unable to reach Jakarta, the country’s capital, for treatment because the route is blocked.
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