Published: Fri, December 28, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Locals on edge after Indonesia tsunami

Locals on edge after Indonesia tsunami

Airliners were rerouted Thursday around the erupting Anak Krakatau in Indonesia after the volcano that sparked the deadly tsunami continued to spew ash into the air.

Local insurers PT Maskapai Reasuransi Indonesia (REI) and PT Asuransi Maipark Indonesia said that the tsunami could cause industry losses of at least $1.1 billion, a share of which is likely to flow to reinsurance capital.

Scientists have said the tsunami's waves were recorded in several places at about a metre high, but residents of Sumur insisted they towered more than three metres.

Kamil recalled that the Turkish nation always helped Indonesia recover after any disaster that occurred in the country, and emphasized the importance of Muslim brotherhood.

"I am scared, I am traumatized by the tsunami that I only knew before from the news".

Sniffer dogs are being used to find those still missing as grief-stricken relatives lined up at identification centres, but hopes of finding any survivors beneath the rubble have dwindled.

"I am still afraid that the tsunami will return, so when dark comes, I stay at a temporary shelter on the hill", said Rohayati, who worked to salvage what was left of her battered house, 300 meters (985 feet) from the sea.

The latest tsunami, coming during the Christmas season, evoked memories of the Indian Ocean tsunami triggered by an quake on December 26, 2004, which killed 226,000 people in 14 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

One of the hardest-hit areas - Tanjung Lesung - is on a list of 10 destinations that Jakarta wants to turn into another Bali, the holiday island hotspot which draws millions of tourists annually.

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The meteorology agency said that an area of about 64 hectares, or 90 soccer pitches, of the volcanic island had collapsed into the sea.

A tsunami that slammed into the beaches of Indonesia's Sunda Strait over the weekend has reportedly resulted in the deaths of at least 429 people. "I nearly drowned, but thankfully I was saved when I was near the coast", he said, explaining that one of his friends had managed to pull him out of the rushing waters.

Unlike those caused by earthquakes, which usually trigger alert systems, volcano-triggered tsunamis give authorities very little time to warn residents of the impending threat.

Anak Krakatau, which means child of Krakatau, is the offspring of the infamous Krakatau volcano that affected global climate with a massive eruption in 1883.

It was later forced to issue a correction and an apology as it pointed to a lack of early warning systems for the high death toll.

The desperate exodus underlines the level of fear along Indonesia's gutted coastline after the volcano-triggered tsunami struck without warning, killing over 400 people.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Monday: "The lack of a tsunami early warning system caused a lot of victims because people did not have the time to evacuate".

The country is made up of a group of islands which lie directly in the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", home to the majority of the world's active volcanoes.

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