Death toll from tsunami in Indonesia reaches 430 - UN Spokesperson

Other News Materials 27 December 2018 03:01 (UTC +04:00)

The death toll following the tsunami that struck the coastal areas in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait on Saturday has risen to 430, and 1,495 more people have been injured, the United Nations Office of the Spokesperson said in a statement on Wednesday, Trend reported citing Sputnik.

"The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that as of today, and according to the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), 430 people are dead, 1,495 injured, and 159 are missing," the statement said. "An estimated 22,000 people are displaced due to shelter damage and the latest tsunami alert."

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics warned people to stay away from the area surrounding the Anak Krakatau volcano because a new tsunami could affect the part of the island, the statement said.

The tsunami, which was triggered by a volcano eruption, struck the Indonesian coast at 14:27 GMT on Saturday. Rescue operations, evacuation and humanitarian support from the government, UN partners, Red Cross, and others are underway, according to the statement.

Indonesia is located in a seismically active zone known as the Ring of Fire and regularly suffers from powerful earthquakes.