BNPB: Death Toll from Sunda Strait Tsunami Rises
Date 25 Desember 2018
The National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) stated that as of Tuesday (25/12) at 1:00 p.m. Western Indonesian Time, death toll from the tsunami in Sunda Strait has reached 429.
“It is possible that the death toll will increase,” Head of Information Data Center and Public Relations of the BNPB Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said during a press conference at the BNPB office, Jakarta, Tuesday (25/12).
Sutopo also said that the tsunami has caused 1,485 people injured, 154 declared missing, and 16,082 displaced. He further said that the tsunami affected five regencies (Pandeglang and Serang in Banten Province and South Lampung, Pesawan and Tenggamus in Lampung Province).
“Of the five Regencies, Pandeglang is the worst affected area, with 290 people dead, 1,143 injured, 77 declared missing, and 14,395 displaced, Sutopo said, adding that the tsunami also destroyed 882 houses, 60 shops, 434 boats, and 24 vehicles.
“Many roads and bridges were damaged by the tsunami so the aid distribution and evacuation process are hampered,” Sutopo said.
Regarding the status of the disaster, Sutopo said that the tsunami is declared as local disaster because the local Governments (with supports from the Central Government) are still able to handle the disaster. (*/BNPB/ES)
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Edited by: Yuyu Mulyani