Indonesia: Sunda Strait tsunami death toll reaches 429

Baku, December 25, AZERTAC

The death toll from Saturday’s tsunami on Indonesia’s Sunda Strait has climbed to 429, according to the national disaster agency on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reported.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNDP), said in a press conference that the number of injured topped 1,485 in the tsunami -- likely to have been triggered by a volcanic eruption.

At least 154 people are still missing, and 16,082 others are displaced, Nugroho added.

The government agency also released a list of properties damaged by waves, namely 882 housing units, 73 lodgings, 60 stalls and 434 boats and ships.

"This is the temporary data," Nugroho told to reporters.

Pandeglang, Serang, South Lampung, Tanggamus and Pesawaran areas in Banten and Lampung provinces are the five districts hit by the tsunami.

As tourist destinations of Indonesia, the areas were filled with tourists at the time of the accident.

Meanwhile, authorities warned coastal residents near Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano that another tsunami could strike the region.

The warning to the Tanjung Lesung resort followed volcanic eruptions, generating waves.

Authorities asked residents to stay away from beaches and rescue workers to halt their work at the site.

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