JAKARTA- The toll of a tsunami caused By volcanic eruption in Indonesia was increased to 222 dead and more than 800 wounded, announced Sunday the authorities who fear that it will become heavier in the hours to come.
"222 people are dead, 843 injured and 28 people are missing," said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the national disaster management agency in a statement, pointing out that "this number is expected to increase ". A previous report reported 168 dead.
Hundreds of buildings were swept away by the wave, which swept through the southern shores of Sumatra and the western end of Java around 9:30 pm Saturday (1430 GMT). The wave erupted after the eruption of the volcano known as "the child" of the legendary Krakatoa, Anak Krakatoa, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Agency for Disaster Management.
"The communities of the small islands of the Sunda Strait could be the most affected by the tsunami," according to the NGO Oxfam, which is mobilizing to help.
The Indonesian authorities initially stated that the wave was not a tsunami but a rising tide and called on the population not to panic.
"It was a mistake, we are sorry," Mr. Nugroho later wrote on Twitter.
Rescuers were feverishly looking for survivors in the debris. Spectacular video footage published on social networks shows a giant wave that falls on an outdoor concert given by the pop group "Seventeen". Its members are projected out of the scene by the wave.
Tsunamis triggered by volcanic eruptions, which cause water displacement, are relatively rare, according to the Tsunami International Information Center. Unlike waves following earthquakes, the authorities do not have time to warn people.