Jakarta, December 24: Following a volcanic eruption and underwater landslides miles offshore, the humungous tsunami tide hit the island nation of Indonesia without warning on Sunday. Many were killed rising the toll to 222 people and more than 843 being injured as the wave came crashing ashore on the northwest coast of Java.
The Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency feared the number of both dead as well as injured people likely to rise. The tsunami was likely due to underwater landslides that came on the back of the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait. The tsunami struck 24 minutes after the volcanic eruption.
With Indonesia undergoing the deep loss, India has extended a helping hand to its neighboring country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the loss of lives and destruction in Indonesia caused by the Tsunami after the eruption of a volcano. PM Modi gave condolences to the bereaved families and wished the injured an early recovery. He further promised that India is ready to assist its maritime neighbour and friend in relief work.
Pandeglang, Serang and South Lampung on the island of Java were the hardest-hit regions. The regions are a few hours west of the capital city of Jakarta with its population of almost 10 million people. The most-affected area was the Pandeglang region of Banten province in Java, which includes Ujung Kulon National Park and surrounding popular beaches. Of the deaths, 33 were in Pandeglang.
Emergency teams from national agencies were yet to arrive on site and local agencies doing their best to cope with disaster. There were 430 houses and nine hotels badly damaged in the tsunami as well.
Indonesia was struck by a massive earthquake and tsunami in late September. The disaster hit Sulawesi, an island hundreds of miles northeast of Java. The disaster killed over 2,000 people and displaced 70,000 more.