President Trump has responded to the tsunami which has devastated Indonesia, saying “America is with you.”
At least 222 people have been killed and nearly a thousand people are injured or missing after an eruption from Indonesia’s Arak Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait initiated a tsunami—which has overwhelmed the islands of Java and Sumatra.
“Unthinkable devastation from the tsunami disaster in Indonesia,” Trump said in a tweet on Sunday. “More than two hundred dead and nearly a thousand injured or unaccounted for. We are praying for recovery and healing. America is with you!”
From the Associated Press:
The deadly tsunami struck in the dark, without warning.
At least 222 people were killed as waves smashed into houses, hotels and other beachside buildings Saturday night along Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, in a disaster that followed an eruption and possible landslide on Anak Krakatau, one of the world’s most infamous volcanic islands.
More than 800 others were injured and dozens were reported missing after the tsunami hit coastal areas along western Java and southern Sumatra islands at 9:27 p.m. Saturday amid a Christmas holiday weekend, the Disaster Management Agency said. The death toll could increase once authorities hear from all stricken areas.
According to the report, this is not the first major and lethal tsunami the country has suffered as another tsunami earlier in the year killed more than 2,500 people.
“It was the second deadly tsunami to hit Indonesia this year, but the one that killed more than 2,500 people on the island of Sulawesi on Sept. 28 was accompanied by a powerful earthquake that gave residents a brief warning before the waves struck,” the Associated Press reports.
The report continued: “On Saturday night, the ground did not shake beforehand to alert people to the oncoming wave that ripped buildings from their foundations in seconds and swept terrified concertgoers on a popular resort beach into the sea.”
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