Indonesia leaves 426 death toll from the tsunami on Saturday 22

Indonesia leaves 426 death toll from the tsunami on Saturday 22

The Indonesian authorities today reduced the death toll from the tsunami in the Sonda Strait, which separates the islands of Java and Sumatra, to 426, four fewer than the previous figure, left in 23 the disappeared, and increased the number of wounded to 7,202 and that of displaced to 40,386.

"We had 426 dead at 13.00 CST (0600 GMT)," spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a press conference in Jakarta, according to Detik.

The official explained that the reduction of four in the total number of fatalities is due to duplicate names in the district of Pandeglang, the most affected area, and Serang, the capital of the province of Banten.

Of the 426 dead, 288 correspond to Pandeglang, a district of about 1.38 million inhabitants located in the province of Banten and which has suffered the most due to its extensive coastline.

The number of disappeared has dropped from 159 to 23, while the number of injured has risen from 1,495 to 7,202; and that of displaced persons, from 21,991 to 40,386.

The list of damages of the BNPB contains 1,296 houses, 78 hotels and inns, 434 boats, 69 vehicles and 28 motorcycles.

Sutopo did not rule out that the data will increase in the coming days as they receive more information.

The operations of rescue and assistance to the victims continues while the activity of the volcano Anak Krakatau, the presumed cause of the tsunami on Saturday, has not descended.

The volcanology agency of the country (PVMBG) on Thursday raised the level of alert from 2 to 3, on a scale of 4, which expanded to five kilometers the radius of exclusion around the volcano and recommended the inhabitants on both sides of the Sonda Strait that maintain a distance of the sea of ​​between half and one kilometer, as a preventive measure if another tsunami occurs.

The Anak Krakatau, located on an island in the middle of the Strait of Sonda, today issued hot clouds of smoke and ash.

The Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of Indonesia, Ignasius Jonan, visited this morning the observation post from which this volcano is monitored, which has been continuously erupting since July.

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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