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Indonesia Tsunami: Death toll reaches 222

Dec 23, 2018 22:38 IST
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Indonesia’s disaster management agency on Sunday said the death toll from a tsunami believed to be triggered by a volcanic eruption has climbed to 222, with 843 others injured and 28 missing.

Those numbers may still rise since not all affected areas have been reached, the agency added.

Footage from the Banten province showed widespread damage to the coastal communities of Carita and Serang, including collapsed houses and cars smashed up on piles of rubble.

The volcano that erupted Saturday night lies in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, linking the Indian Ocean and Java Sea.

It erupted about 24 minutes before the tsunami, according to Indonesia’s geophysics agency.

Scientists said Sunday that the tsunami could have been caused by undersea landslides or those occurring above sea level on the volcano’s steep outside slope following the eruption.