Emergency response in tsunami-hit South Lampung extended until Jan 5

Emergency response in tsunami-hit South Lampung extended until Jan 5

Tiga Regahan Lada village on Sebesi Island, South Lampung, on Dec 30, 2018, after being hit by Sunda Strait tsunami on Dec 22, 2018. ANTARA FOTO/Adam Bariq/sgd/foc.


South Lampung, Lampung (ANTARA News) - The South Lampung Disaster Mitigation Office confirmed that the emergency response to deal with the impacts of volcanic tsunami that hit South Lampung District on Dec 22 had been extended until January 5, 2018.

The emergency response was extended for a week, starting December 30, 2018, I Ketut Sukerta, head of the South Lampung disaster mitigation office, noted here, Monday.

The extended rescue efforts focused on search for more victims, as at least eight people were reportedly still missing, he remarked.

The local authorities have provided food, beverages, temporary shelters, and clothes to the victims.

Moreover, building permanent shelters for displaced victims, whose homes were destroyed by the tsunami, is also being considered.

The death toll reached 118 people in South Lampung District, and at least eight others remained missing.

A total of 3,130 people were injured and treated at local hospitals. Of the total, 366 were seriously wounded, while one of them died on Sunday.

Meanwhile, death toll from the Sunda Strait tsunami that hit the provinces of Banten and Lampung on Dec 22, reached 430, according to data on December 26, 2018. At least 1,495 people were injured, 159 people went missing, and 21,991 others displaced.

The tsunami occurred after a southern flank measuring 64 hectares of Mount Anak Krakatau slid into the ocean in the evening of December 22, 2018.

Some 20 minutes after the flank collapse, a wall of water roared ashore, sweeping up everything in its path, including boats, tables, and people, along the coastal regions facing Sunda Strait.

Five districts in Banten Province on Java Island and Lampung Province on Sumatra Island were affected by the volcanic tsunami.

Anak Krakatau, situated between the islands of Java and Sumatra, has been undergoing a stuttering eruption since June 18, and an alert level 2 status has been declared for it.

Reporting by Budisantos and Muklasin, Fardah
 

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