At least 222 dead with 843 missing or injured following Indonesian tsunami

A tsunami that hit beaches in Sunda Strait, a popular tourist area of Indonesia has claimed the lives of at least 222, with that number set to rise as the injured and missing toll reaches 843.

It is thought that volcanic activity from Krakatoa sent the wave into local villages and hotels.

Reports say that waves “heavily damaged” 430 homes, nine hotels and a number of vessels.

Dramatic footage posted on social media captured the moment when the waves washed away the stage where local rock band Seventeen were performing. A band statement explained how they had lost at least one musician and a member of the management team.

“The water washed away the stage which was located very close to the sea.

“The water rose and dragged away everyone at the location. We have lost loved ones, including our bassist and manager … and others are missing.”

A car overturned following the tsunami that hit Indonesia

Indonesia sits on the seismically active Pacific “ring of fire” and is regularly hit by earthquakes and tsunamis. 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.

In 2004, a tsunami triggered by a magnitude-9.3 undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.

Authorities have warned residents and tourists in coastal areas around the Sunda Strait to stay away from beaches, and a high-tide warning remains in place until 25 December.

Updated 22:13 on 23rd December 2018 to reflect an increased number of fatalities and injuries.

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