At least 431 dead and 15 missing from the tsunami in Indonesia

At least 431 dead and 15 missing from the tsunami in Indonesia



The figures for the tsunami in the Strait of Sonda, which separates the islands of Java and Sumatra, last 22nd this weekend have been 431 dead, 15 missing, 7,200 injured and 46,646 displaced people.

Data from the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB, for its acronym in Indonesian) include damage to 1,856 buildings, of these 1,778 homes, and 434 vehicles and boats.

The majority of the fatal victims, about 300, were registered in Pangeglang, a district of about 1.38 million inhabitants located in the Javanese province of Banten and which has suffered the most due to its extensive coastline.

The rescue operations and assistance to the victims continues as the warning of the Anak Krakatau volcano, the supposed cause of the tsunami, increased from two to three, on a scale of four, last Thursday and continues at that level since then.

The Indonesian authorities have established an area of ​​exclusion around the volcano of a radius of five kilometers and have advised the inhabitants on both sides of the Sonda Strait to maintain a distance of sea of ​​between half and one kilometer, as a preventive measure in case it occurs another tsunami.

The Anak Krakatau stood on an island in the Sonda Strait 340 meters above sea level but after the catastrophe its height has been reduced to 110 meters.

Indonesia sits on the "Pacific Ring of Fire", an area of ​​great seismic and volcanic activity that is shaken every year by some 7,000 tremors, most of them moderate.

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