- A dramatic video shows the moment when a tsunami in Indonesia crashed into a rock concert, sweeping away the band and members of the audience.
- The video was shared on social media and shows the band Seventeen performing to a large audience before the tidal wave crashes through the back of the set.
The band’s lead singer, Riefian Fajarsyah, said the band’s bassist and road manager were killed, while his own wife and three other band members are still missing.
- The tsunami, which has killed 222 people so far, is thought to have been triggered by the island volcano Anak Krakatau erupting. The video may be distressing to watch.
A dramatic video shows the appalling moment when a tidal wave crashed through the performance of a rock band in Indonesia, killing several members of the band and sweeping away the audience.
Rock band Seventeen were performing in a marquee at the Tanjung Lesung beach resort on Saturday to a large audience, when the tidal wave tore through the back of the set, sweeping away members of the band and audience.
Terrifying video shows tsunami crashing into the Indonesian band Seventeen in concert at the Tanjung Lesung Beach, Banten. The band’s bass player and road manager are dead, three other band members and the singer’s wife are missing. #Tsunami #PrayforBanten #PrayForAnyer pic.twitter.com/mLlTr0donT
— Ericssen (@EricssenWen) December 23, 2018
The band’s lead singer, Riefian Fajarsyah, posted a tearful video on Instagram during which he said the group’s bassist and road manager had been killed. Three other band members and his wife remain missing.
The footage shows a large audience, some seated around white, cloth-covered tables, and others standing and dancing close to the stage. A child can be seen waving towards the camera, just seconds before the wave hits.
As Fajarsyah paces along the stage, pumping his first in the air, the tidal wave can be seen crashing through the back of the set, sending the band and their equipment sliding. The footage then cuts out.
“The tide rose to the surface and dragged all the people on site,” the band said in a statement. “Unfortunately, when the current receded our members [were] unable to save themselves while some did not find a place to hold on.”
At least 222 people are confirmed dead and 843 injured after the tsunami struck coastal areas along the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra on Saturday night, according to the country’s National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB).
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which has been a running a nascent health project alongside the Ministry of Health in Labuan and Carita in Pandeglang district, one of the areas most severely hit, has warned that casualties are likely to move well beyond the current 843 injured. Many more people are missing and Indonesian officials have also warned of a growing death toll.
A wall of water up to five meters high inundated populated coastlines around 9.30pm local time as resorts and towns welcomed regional holiday makers, leaving scenes of devastation along both the western coast of Java and the southern coast of Sumatra.
Lightly constructed homes, resorts and and almost all other buildings were toppled and the surrounding areas devastated officials said. Tsunami waves swept along the Sunda Strait coastlines devestating Pandeglang, Serang, South Lampung, and Tanggamus regencies, according to MSF teams on the ground, Monday morning local time.
A spokesman for Indonesia’s BNPB, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, told media that the beaches along Pandeglang were packed with local tourists when the water hit, according to Reuters.
“There are no foreign national casualties, all were Indonesian citizens,” Nugroho told media.
The tsunami waves struck in succession along Pandeglang, Serang, South Lampung, and Tanggamus regencies, according to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams on the ground, Monday morning local time.
Daniel von Rège, MSF head of mission in Indonesia, said his MSF teams in Pandeglang were trying to attend to injured people and [dead] bodies brought in to MSF health centers on the morning of December 23.
“As the most severe cases were being referred to bigger hospitals in the area and the deceased were being managed by local authorities, MSF supported the exhausted health workers by ensuring proper case management of injured people, infection control and hygiene standards, as well as material support.”
“During the course of the day, more injured people and dead bodies arrived which needed immediate attention—and we expect this to continue over the next few days,” von Rège said in statement on Monday morning.
The nature of this event is yet to be definitively confirmed, although scientists are already pointing to an undersea landslide caused by volcanic activity, which would explain why local media has been told there was no indication that disaster was about to strike.
An undersea landslide resulting from volcanic activity on Anak Krakatau and was likely compounded by very strong high full moon tides, Nugroho said.
The entire region, vulnerable to the Indonesian archipelago’s “Ring of Fire,” has stepped up its early warning systems since a Tsunami originating in the Indian Ocean killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, although most of those lost — between 120,000 to 150,000 — were in Indonesia, mostly Aceh province.
This tsunami, a few days before Christmas and almost 14 years to the day since the Boxing day tragedy, is just latest the latest natural disaster to strike Indonesia this year.In August an earthquake struck Lombok near Bali, devastating entire towns, and in the following month, an earthquake and its resulting tsunami inundated Palu on the island of Sulewesi, leaving coastal regions wiped out and more than 2,000 dead.
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