In brief

  • 168 people have died from the tsunami
  • The death toll is expected to rise

A deadly tsunami has hit Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, killing at least 168 people.

More than 700 people are injured and authorities say the death toll is likely to rise.

The tsunami was triggered by the eruption of Anak Krakatoa, a powerful volcano located between the islands of Java and Sumatra.

The wave enveloped beaches, dragging people into the ocean, and devastated coastal towns with the worst affected areas lying south-west of the capital, Jakarta.

Where has been affected?

The Pandeglang region of Banten province was the worst hit – authorities have confirmed at least 92 people died there, with more fatalities expected.

Footage shows locals running into the forest to escape the tidal surge, and another badly hit area was the Tanjung Lesung beach resort in West Java.

Survivors receive treatment at a hospital in Carita on December 23, 2018, after the area was hit by a tsunami on December 22 [Getty Images]

The British Embassy is in contact the Indonesian authorities and monitoring the situation closely
Foreign Office

Locals say there was no warning of the advancing wave. Phone video footage captured members of boyband Seventeen, who were performing on the beach at the resort, being swept into the sea.

Indonesia is popular with tourists seeking winter sun, but the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised tourists not to go within four kilometres of the Mount Agung Krater in east Bali in case of further eruptions, or within 7 kilometres of the Mount Sinabung crater in Kalo Regency, North Sumatra.

What is the official travel advice?

The FCO says: “if you are in the exclusion zone, you should leave immediately.”
The FCO has updated travel advice on 23 December, saying people in the area should follow the advice of local authorities.

Residents collect debris from their collapsed house after it was hit by a tsunami at Panimbang district in Pandeglang, Banten province, Indonesia (Photo: Antara Foto / Reuters)

A resident injured by the tsunami is treated at a health center (Photo: Antara Foto / Reuters)

It said: “On Saturday December 22 2018 the coastline around the Sunda Strait which lies between Java and South Sumatra experienced a tsunami/high-tide, with damage and casualties reported.

“If you are in the area, please follow the local authorities’ advice.

“The British Embassy is in contact the Indonesian authorities and monitoring the situation closely.”

Indonesia earthquake

It comes less than three months after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck Central Sulawesi, causing widespread damage and killing 2,256 people.

More than 70,000 homes were said to have been damaged, while communications, water and electricity infrastructure was also severely impaired.

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