222 dead, hundreds injured in Indonesia Tsunami

Jakarta – UPDATE – The number of victims and damage due to the tsunami in the Sunda Strait in Indonesia is mounting with 222 confirmed dead.

The night-time Tsunami occurred after the Anak Krakatoa volcano erupted. It’s suspected landslides caused the Tsunami.

The Indonesian government provided the following details: 222 dead, 843 injured, 28 people missing.

“556 housing units were damaged, 9 hotel units were damaged, 60 culinary stalls were damaged, 350 boats were damaged.”

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Rescuers are continuing to search for victims of a Tsunami on the Islands of Java and Sumatra which has so far known to have killed 168.

The Tsunami swept ashore after the Anak Krakatoa volcano erupted possibly causing landslides that triggered a Tsunami.

“The number of victims continues to increase,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of Indonesia’s disaster agency.

The tsunami in the Sunda Strait killed 168 with the number of dead likely to rise.

“745 people were injured, 30 people were missing, 556 houses were damaged and (there’s” other physical damage,” he said.

9 hotels have been heavily damaged with little known so far about guests.

“Handling continues. Evacuation of victims is still ongoing,” as authorities tried to search for people inside hundreds of homes lost to the wave.

The Anak Krakatoa is so named because it’s considered to be the child of the destructive volcano Krakatoa.

Anak Krakatoa has been active for months now. It’s believed underwater slides caused the Tsunami following the eruption.  .

Indonesia is prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes and Tsunamis and poorly constructed homes and lack of heavy equipment usually cause a high casualty rate.