About 168 Dead Following Deadly Tsunami Strike in Indonesia
A deadly Tsunami has just struck coastal towns around the Sunda Strait, Indonesia leaving about 168 dead with the number growing every hour.
Pak SD Darmono, chairman of the Jababeka Group – which owns a resort struck by the tsunami – described the effects as “really devastating“.
He said so far 90 corpses had been found and “every minute more dead bodies are coming to our place“.
He added that 500 people had been staying at the hotel and many were still missing.
Deaths have been reported in Pandeglang and Serang, on Java’s western tip. These are said to be some of the hardest-hit areas.
Dozens of people were reported dead in Lampung, in southern Sumatra.
Seventeen, a popular Indonesian rock band, was performing in the Tanjung Lesung beach resort when a large wave crashed, destroying the stage and taking members of the band with it.
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In a tearful Instagram video, singer Riefian Fajarsyah, said the band’s bassist and road manager had died, and that three other band members and his own wife were missing.
In another post, he shared a picture of him with his wife in Paris saying: “Today is your birthday… Hurry home.”
In some areas hit by the tsunami, emergency teams are still looking for survivors under the rubble, and at least 30 people are missing, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a national spokesman at Indonesia’s disaster agency.
Officials warn the numbers could rise as teams have not yet reached some areas.