Indonesia Tsunami: Death toll stands around 168, hundreds injured

December 23, 2018 1:20 PM |

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On Saturday night, a devastating tsunami hit Pandeglang, Serang and South Lampung regions of Indonesia. This natural disaster has killed at least 168 people and injured at least 745 till now.

In fact, the tsunami has destroyed 558 houses and heavily damaged nine hotels, 60 restaurants and 350 boats. This also indicates that the tsunami hit many residential and tourist areas.

The worst hit area is Pandeglang district, along the coastal area, including residential and tourist areas in the Tanjung Lesung beach, Lesung beach, Teluk Lada, Panimbang and Carita beach.

According to the country's meteorological, climatological and geological agencies, the tsunami was caused by a combination of underwater landslides due to a volcanic eruption.

Previously also, Indonesia has been hit by a series of natural disasters in recent weeks, including a powerful earthquake that hit the island of Sulawesi on September 28.

In the towns of Baleroa and Petobo, rivers of soil swept away entire neighborhoods in the aftermath of the magnitude-7.5 earthquake and ensuing tsunami.

In October, torrential rains and flooding triggered mudslides that wiped out part of an elementary school in Indonesia's North Sumatra. Twenty people were killed.

Image Credits – The Economist

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