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Indonesia: Death Toll from Tsunami Rises to 430

HeadlineDec 26, 2018

In Indonesia, the death toll from a devastating tsunami has risen to 430. On Saturday night, a massive wall of water suddenly emerged from the ocean and swept rapidly across coastal areas of western Java and southern Sumatra. Hundreds were swept out to sea as homes, hotels and businesses were destroyed. This is a spokesperson with Indonesia’s disaster management agency.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho: “Up until today, we’ve recorded that 430 people have died, 1,495 people have been injured, 159 people are still missing, and 21,991 are evacuees. The losses and damage to buildings data is still being collected.”

The tsunami did not follow a major earthquake, and therefore did not trigger Indonesia’s early warning system; instead, it resulted from an eruption and underwater landslide at the Krakatoa volcano. Authorities have warned of more potential tsunamis and ordered coastal residents to evacuate for higher ground.

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