Massive Tsunami Kills at Least 222 in Indonesia

Photo: Fauzy Chaniago (AP)

A tsunami triggered by underwater landslides and the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano struck west Java and Sumatra, Indonesia, without warning on Saturday night, killing at least 222 people and leaving hundreds more missing or injured.

According to CNN, “beachfront hotels and homes were swept away by a towering wall of water.” Horrific video shared on social media shows the moment the tsunami struck at a beach resort during a holiday concert of the Indonesian pop band Seventeen. Two band members and their manager were killed, and the others are still missing.

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According to the Associated Press, the area hit hardest was the Pandeglang region of Java’s Banten province, home to the Ujung Kulon National Park and several popular beaches.

CNN reported that 558 homes were destroyed, and nine hotels, 60 restaurants, and 350 boats were heavily damaged in residential and tourist areas. More than 840 people were injured, and authorities expect the death toll to rise.

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“My deep condolences to the victims in Banten and Lumpung provinces,” Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said, according to the AP. “Hopefully, those who are left have patience.”

“Our logistics experts can help bring aid supplies and aid workers to the affected areas. Upon request our experts will support the Indonesian government to assess the damage and assist in the response,” United Nations’ World Food Programme spokesperson Bettina Luescher said, according to CNN.

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