The heavy rains recorded since last night on the Javanese coast of the Indonesian Strait of Sonda today make it difficult to search and rescue the 57 people who disappeared after the tsunami on Saturday.
The emergency teams track about 100 kilometers of coastline in search of people alive trapped in the debris caused by the tsunami, whose latest official balance stands at 373 fatalities and more than 1,450 injured.
The district most affected by the waves is Pandeglang, in the northwestern part of Java, where 267 people lost their lives, 1,143 were injured, 38 remain missing.
In this tourist area many visitors were celebrating the holiday period when they were surprised by the sudden seizure of the waters and in the absence of emergency alarms, said in a statement the authorities.
Helped with dogs and heavy machinery, the troops review every lump of iron and wood that before being hit by the waves – between 2 or 3 meters high, according to the authorities – were huts and tenderetes of local residents.
In a video published on social networks, it is seen how a rescue group manages to get a five-year-old boy alive after more than twelve hours trapped by one of the vehicles dragged by the waters to Carita beach.
On Monday, two days after the tsunami, rescuers managed to gain access to the town of Sumur, where 36 dead and 476 wounded were reported.
In the northern part of the strait the ravages have also been important; in the province of Lampung, in south Sumatra, at least 75 people have died and 22 are missing.
The authorities attribute the tsunami that reached the beaches without triggering alarms to the collapse of part of the island where the Anak Krakatao volcano is located, in the aforementioned strait, following a strong eruption.
The National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) noted that Indonesia does not have tsunami warning systems triggered by a volcano and that buoys placed to detect a sudden rise in waves do not work since 2012 due to vandalism, lack of maintenance and funds.
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.