Jakarta: More than 222 people have been reported dead in the catastrophic tsunami that hit Indonesia following a volcanic eruption. The number of injured is said to be more than 843. An island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands was hit by the tsunami, and the buildings on this island also have collapsed. The Indonesian agencies immediately swung into action. But the assessment of the devastation caused by the tsunami was not completed even on Sunday.
At 9.30pm as per Indonesian standard time, there was a volcanic eruption on one of the islands. This eruption generated waves of height up to 15 to 20 metres. These waves caused devastation on the island in Sunda between Java and Sumatra. Multi-storeyed buildings on the island were demolished as they could not withstand the force of the waves. Some vehicles and large containers were washed away because of the tides. Video of the tsunami sweeping away a western music concert has gone viral. This has brought the magnitude of the calamity in front of the world. 222 people have been reported killed in the catastrophe. But fears of the number of dead rising are being expressed. The number of injured is also said to be above 843. The Indonesian agencies started rescue operations immediately after the calamity struck. There was a challenge of rescue and search faced by the Indonesian agencies. The international agencies Red Cross and Red Crescent Society have started rescue operations in Indonesia.
The Pandeglang, Serang and South Lampung regions along the coastline of Indonesia have been the worst affected. Since the last four to five days a volcanic eruption in Indonesia was being predicted, but no one could guess its intensity and the devastating tsunami that it would create.
On 28th September this year, 2,256 people died, and more than 10,000 were injured in the earthquake and tsunami hit, in Indonesia. More than 1,000 people were reported missing in the calamity. Within three months of this devastating calamity, Indonesia has been severely hit once again by a tsunami. The worst of the tsunami hit in Indonesia was in 2004 when more than 150 thousand people had died.