A tsunami following a volcanic eruption killed 62 people and injured hundreds more as it slammed without warning into tourist beaches and coastal areas around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait on Saturday night, sending panicked holidaymakers and residents fleeing.
Hundreds of buildings were destroyed by the wave , which hit the coast of southern Sumatra and the western tip of Java about 9 .30 pm (1430 GMT) following the eruption of a volcano known as the “ child ” of the legendary Krakatoa, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said .
Search and rescue teams were scouring rubble for survivors, with at least 584 people injured and twenty reported missing across three regions .
Images broadcast on television showed
the wave pushed a tangled mess of corrugated steel roofing, timber, rubble and flotsam inland from the coast at Carita beach, a popular day-tripping spot on the west coast of Java .
Elsewhere it uprooted trees and left a trail of debris strewn across the ground.
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