Merkel expresses its condolences to Indonesia for the victims of the tsunami

Merkel expresses its condolences to Indonesia for the victims of the tsunami



The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, today expressed her condolences to the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, for the victims of the tsunami recorded last night between the islands of Java and Sumatra.

"In these difficult hours I want to convey my deepest condolences to your country, to the families of the dead victims and the many injured," said the German leader, in a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry.

According to sources from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Berlin, at the moment there is no information that points out that among the victims there may be German citizens.

The Indonesian authorities put the number of fatalities at 222, while there have been 843 injured and there are 28 missing, according to the latest report from the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB).

The eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano – located between Java and Sumatra – at 9.00 pm local time on Saturday (14.00 GMT) caused a submarine landslide that, along with the swell due to the full moon, created a tsunami that surprised about 25 minutes later hundreds of people on the beaches of the region.

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