Indonesian tsunami claims 222 lives as rescue operations continue

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The tsunami wave that hit Indonesia's Sunda Strait on Saturday night has claimed 222 lives so far as evacuation and rescue operations continue.

The national disaster agency announced on Sunday evening that, "222 people are dead, 843 people are injured and 28 people are missing."

"This number is predicted to increase because not all victims have been successfully evacuated, not all health centres have reported victims and not all locations have got complete data."

Earlier reports on the cause of the tsunami were unclear as authorities claimed it was due to a tidal surge.

However, geological data and seismic activity reports of the volcano dubbed the “child” of Krakatoa, show that an eruption took place on early Saturday evening prompting a landslide which resulted in a waves reaching heights of almost one meter crashing on the islands of both Sumatra and Java.

Sutopo Purwo, of the national disaster agency stated, "We're recapping reports of impacts from the tsunami that struck in the Sunda Strait, particularly Serang, Pandeglang and South Lampung."

Due to this, evacuees have been advised not to return to the disaster struck area as it is still not clear whether seismic activity is still posing a risk to triggering further tsunami waves.

"Please do not be around the beaches around the Sunda Strait. Those who have evacuated, please do not return yet," said Rahmat Triyono, head of the meteorological agency.



Source: Smart Trend Team