Jakarta: At least 168 people were killed and hundreds injured after a tsunami, following a volcanic eruption, hit beaches around Sunda Strait in Indonesia on Saturday night. The calamity caused destruction to dozens of buildings. “The total number of people who have died is 168 people, 745 were injured and 30 people are missing,” Indonesia’s national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. Emergency measures are being carried out by the disaster management team. Meanwhile, the highway which connects Serang-Pandeglang has been cut off due to the tsunami. It is speculated that the tsunami could have been triggered by a volcanic eruption.
Areas that were severely affected were settlements and tours on Tanjung Lesung Beach, Sumur Beach, Teluk Lada Beach, Panimbang Beach, and Carita Beach.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the Head of Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management’s (BNPB) Data Information and Public Relations Center said that the tsunami they are coordinating with the Geology Agency to ascertain the cause of the natural disaster. Nugroho said in a tweet on Sunday that the exact cause of the tsunami is still unknown.
Nugroho tweeted: “The cause of the tsunami is not an earthquake. But the possibility of an underwater landslide influences the eruption of Mount Anak Krakatau. Along with the tidal wave due to the full moon.”
Two people had gone missing in three regions, namely in Padenglang Regency, South Lampung and Serang. The districts of Carita, Panimbang and Sumur were severely affected by the disaster.