At least 43 killed, 584 injured as tsunami hits beaches in Indonesia

Pandeglang: At least 43 were people and more than 584 were injured after a tsunami hit Pandeglang, Serang and South Lampung areas of Indonesia on Saturday night.

Taking to his twitter handle, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of public relations at Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said that 430 houses and nine hotels were heavily damaged due to the tsunami.

According to Indonesia’s meteorological, climatological and geological agency, the tsunami was likely caused by a combination of underwater landslides due to a volcanic eruption.

“The Geological Agency detected at 21.03 local time the Anak Krakatau erupted,” Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency said, adding that the tsunami struck 24 minutes later. “It’s possible the materials around Anak Krakatau collapsed to the sea and triggered the tsunami and affected beaches around Sunda Strait.”

The country’s disaster management agency said that hundreds of residents were rescued and shifted to safer locations. Besides, search operation is on to trace the two people who went missing post the tsunami.  

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