Tsunami in Indonesia 2018 Live updates:
Indonesian rescuers battled heavy rains Monday in a desperate search for survivors after a volcano-triggered tsunami killed at least 281 people, with experts warning the devastated region could be slammed by more tidal waves. The national disaster agency said casualty figures were set to rise as it issued the fresh death toll — up from a previous 222 — and said more than 50 people were still missing. Over 1,000 were injured in the disaster on Saturday evening, the agency added.
Authorities warned residents and tourists in coastal areas around the Sunda Strait to stay away from beaches and a high-tide warning remained in place through till Dec. 25, news agency Reuters reported. “Please do not be around the beaches around the Sunda Strait. Those who have evacuated, please do not return yet,” said Rahmat Triyono, an official at the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).
The Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean and is reported to have taken place at 21:27 Western Indonesian Time (WIB) on December 22.
The Meteorology and Geophysics agency in a separate statement said it could have been caused by undersea landslides from Anak Krakatoa, a volcanic island formed over years from the Krakatau volcano, which last erupted in October.”
In September, at least 832 people were killed by a quake and tsunami that hit the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi, which is just east of Borneo.