Indonesia Tsunami: Death toll rises to 168, over 745 injured


Jakarta: The death toll in Tsunami triggered eruption in Indonesia has risen to 168.

As many as 745 persons were injured in the incident, according to a spokesperson for the disaster mitigation agency.

Reports said a Tsunami triggered by a volcanic eruption hit the islands of Java and Sumatra in Pandeglang, Serang and South Lampung regions in Indonesia on Saturday night.

News agencies said the western coast of Banten province in the popular holiday destination of Java is said to be the worst-affected area so far, the spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

The disaster management agency of Indonesia said several people were reported to be missing. A number of buildings were “heavily damaged”.

Reports said over a dozens of buildings were swept away in the wave that hit the southern Sumatra beaches and western Java around 9.30 pm local time on Saturday.

A high-tide alert till December 25  was issued by the Indonesian authorities. They have also advised residents and tourists to stay away from coastal areas in and around the Sunda Strait.

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