JAKARTA – The number of displaced people following the tsunami triggered by A volcanic eruption in Indonesia has increased to over 20,000 people after an alert on potential giant waves, said spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
This disaster forced a total of 21,921 people living along coastal areas to leave their homes, up from 16,082 on Tuesday, the agency spokesman said at a press conference. A previous record of the responsible, reported about 17,447 displaced persons.
The Meteorological, Climatic and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia and the Volcanology Agency said on Wednesday morning that residents should avoid any activity within a radius of 500 to 1,000 meters from the coastline due to the possibility of a second tsunami, according to the official. "The high number of displaced people is the result of the increased number of evacuees to some new evacuation centers," he added.
The record of the volcanic tsunami that hit the Sunda Strait in Indonesia on Saturday weighed in on at least 429 people, according to Nugroho. Rescue teams still trying to access isolated tsunami-hit areas in Indonesia, where more casualties would be in the rubble.
Saturday night, a deadly wave broke on the coast near the Strait of Sunda. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent has estimated that the "powerful waves" were between 30 and 90 centimeters high.
The wave hit the southern coasts of Sumatra and the western end of Java, shaving hundreds of buildings. It occurred after the eruption of the volcano known as "the child" of the legendary volcano Krakatoa, Anak Krakatoa.