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Indonesia tsunami: Rain hinders search for survivors

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LAMPUNG, Dec. 24, 2018 (Xinhua) -- A man looks for salvageable items among the debris after a tsunami hit beach at Rajabasa Village in South Lampung, Indonesia, Dec. 23. 2018. The death toll from a volcano-triggered tsunami in Indonesia rose to 222 with at least 843 others injured, the disaster management agency confirmed on Sunday, while the figures are feared to mount as damage verification goes on. (Xinhua/Langit/IANS) by .
A man looks for salvageable items among the debris after a tsunami hit beach at Rajabasa Village in South Lampung, Indonesia.

Days of heavy rain on Indonesia’s Java coast was making it difficult for search and rescue teams looking for survivors of the Sunda Strait tsunami…reports Asian Lite News

LAMPUNG, Dec. 24, 2018 (Xinhua) -- People try to pull a boat out of a destroyed house after a tsunami hit beach at Rajabasa Village in South Lampung, Indonesia, Dec. 23. 2018. The death toll from a volcano-triggered tsunami in Indonesia rose to 222 with at least 843 others injured, the disaster management agency confirmed on Sunday, while the figures are feared to mount as damage verification goes on. (Xinhua/Langit/IANS) by .
People try to pull a boat out of a destroyed house after a tsunami hit beach at Rajabasa Village in South Lampung, Indonesia.

The emergency teams were scouring about 100 kilometers of coastline in search of survivors trapped in the debris caused by Saturday’s tsunami, which killed at least 373 people, injured 1,459 and left 128 missing.

The most affected area is Pandeglang on the northwestern tip of Java, where 267 people lost their lives, 1,143 were injured and 38 remain missing.

In this tourist area, many were celebrating the holiday period when they were hit by the waves in the absence of emergency warnings.

Helped with dogs and heavy machinery, troops were combing through every pile of iron and wood that were once homes and market stalls of local residents before they were struck by waves 2 to 3 meters high.

In a video published on social media networks, a rescue group manages to find a five-year-old boy alive after being trapped for more than 12 hours.

On Monday, two days after the tsunami, rescuers managed to gain access to the town of Sumur, where 36 dead and 476 wounded were reported.

North of the Strait, the impact has also been significant with at least 75 people killed and 22 missing in the province of Lampung, south Sumatra.

The authorities blame the tsunami on the collapse of part of Anak Krakatau volcano after it erupted in the Sunda Strait.

The National Agency for Disaster Management said Indonesia does not have tsunami warning systems that are triggered by volcanic activity, and that buoys in place to detect a sudden rise in wave height after earthquakes do not work due to vandalism, lack of maintenance and funding.

Wednesday marks the anniversary of the Boxing Day tsunami that hit northern Sumatra and another 14 countries on December 26, 2004, leaving 226,500 dead and missing, mostly in Indonesia.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of great seismic and volcanic activity that is shaken every year by some 7,000 earthquakes, most of them moderate.

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