DISASTER

Death Toll From Indonesia Tsunami Surpasses 200, Dozens Still Missing

The death toll now stands at more than 200, after a tsunami struck the coast of Indonesia without warning on Saturday, according to reports. The number injured stands at 800 and there are hundreds more missing. Among the victims are members of the Indonesian pop band Seventeen, who were playing at the Tanjung Lesung beach resort when waves made their stage collapse. One musician and the manager of Seventeen were killed, while the other members remain unaccounted for. The tsunami, which is thought to have been prompted by an eruption of the Krakatoa Volcano, located in the Sunda Strait, and subsequent underwater landslides, CNN said. Java and Sumatra, between which the Sunda Strait is located, were also hit by the tsunami. Officials with Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency said the death toll is at least 222. There are at least 843 injured people and at least of 28 remain unaccounted for, per CNN. This tsunami comes several months after an Indonesian tsunami and earthquake left thousands dead. While the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, which left hundreds of thousands dead, most impacted Indonesia, the nation still doesn’t have a system in place to warn of an incoming tsunami. Officials said they were caught off guard by this tsunami because there was no earthquake, which typically proceed tsunamis, CNN notes.