CARITA (Indonesia) – The toll of tsunami victims that shook Indonesia on Sunday during a sudden volcanic eruption rose to 373 dead and several hundred wounded, according to relief.
Hundreds of buildings were swept away by the waves, which swept over 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, the spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency.
The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent has estimated that these "powerful waves" had reached between 30 and 90 centimeters in height. "222 people are dead, 843 injured and 28 people are missing," the spokesman said. He warned that "this number is expected to increase further" as the authorities do not yet have information on some of the affected localities.
Small island communities in the Sunda Strait may be the worst affected by the tsunami, "Oxfam said, saying the wave was not a tsunami but a tide "It was a mistake, we're sorry," Mr Nugroho admitted, and the rescuers were feverishly looking for survivors in the wreckage.
Video footage broadcast 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 a displacement of water, are relatively rare. Unlike waves following earthquakes, the proximity of the volcano to the coast gave the authorities very little time to react, according to Professor David Rothery of the Open University (United Kingdom).