UPDATE: death toll of Indonesian tsunami reaches 222

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Hundreds dead as tsunami hits Indonesia Photo credit: Screen shot Metro TV

The death toll of a tsunami that hit Indonesia has reached 222 with 800 more injured. The tsunami struck the coast of the Sonda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia on Saturday.Dozens of buildings were damaged by the force of the sea, which hit beaches on the southern island of Sumatra and the western tip of Java.
Authorities have warned that casualty counts could increase with the passage of hours. The main hypothesis of the authorities is that the strong waves originated from the activity of the Anak Krakatoa volcano, located on a small island in the strait, which caused an underwater landslide.

The death toll was confirmed today (Sunday) by the National Disaster Management Agency through its spokesperson, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, who also reported 35 other missing people.

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The tsunami, which reached the coast between 21:27 local time and 21:35 on Saturday depending on the area, has particularly affected the coastal region of Pangdeglang, a popular tourist spot amongst locals because of its beaches that is located on the island of Java, about 200 kilometers from Jakarta, the capital of the country. Hundreds of houses have been badly damaged by the waves.

The authorities have reported that aid has begun to be distributed to the most affected areas, but warned that the main access road is damaged by the tsunami. Search and rescue efforts are also underway for people who remain trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings.




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