Rescuers find 52 bodies in tsunami-hit Tanjung Lesung, Banten

Pandeglang, Banten (ANTARA News) – A joint search and rescue team has found a total of 52 bodies in Tanjung Lesung tourist resort in Panimbang Sub-district, Pandeglang District, Banten Province, which was hit by tsunami on Saturday (Dec 22).

“We hope that all victims of the tsunami could be found,” Suhaedi, head of the Panimbang sub-district, said here, Monday.

Tanjung Lesung was quite crowded with vacationers when the natural disaster occurred. A local rock band, “Seventeen”, entertained visitors, mostly employees of the state own electricity company (PLN), when the tsunami happened.

Of the 52 bodies, 31 have been identified. The victims included several musicians, a crew member and manager of “Seventeen”.

Twenty five identified victims were later taken home by their relatives.

The joint SAR team comprising military and police officers, personnel of the national and local disaster mitigation offices, and volunteers.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Sunday said the death toll of the tsunami has risen to 222, and 28 other people were missing with more than 800 others injured in Banten and Lampung Provinces.

The tsunami was most likely triggered by Mount Anak Krakataus eruption that had caused an underwater landslide.

Some 20 minutes after the eruption, a wall of water roared ashore, sweeping up everything in its path, including boats, tables, and people in the two provinces.

Source: ANTARA News