43 people have been confirmed dead and many are said to be missing after a tsunami hit the coast around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, according to government officials.

Iran Press/Asia: Indonesia's national disaster management agency said hundreds of people were hurt and many buildings were damaged after the tsunami struck late on Saturday night, according to The Guardian.

The worst affected area was the Pandeglang region of Banten province in Java, which encompasses the Ujung Kulon National Park and popular beaches, the agency said. Of the 43 reported deaths, 33 were in Pandeglang.

Television footage showed roads blocked by debris from damaged houses, overturned cars and fallen trees. The water washed away an outdoor stage where local musicians were performing, killing at least one musician. Others have been listed as missing.

In the city of Bandar Lampung on southern Sumatra, hundreds of residents took refuge at the governor’s office.

Physical losses included 430 heavily damaged homes, nine heavily damaged hotels and 10 heavily damaged vessels. The tsunami struck at around 9.30 pm local time on Saturday night, and it is believed to have been caused by recent volcanic activity. 

The agency added that one possible cause of the tsunami was undersea landslides after the Anak Krakatoa volcano erupted. The Sunda Strait, between the islands of Java and Sumatra, connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean.    211/103


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