8 Taiwanese Trapped in Tsunami Disaster Zone: 2 Injured

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Eight Taiwanese nationals are reported trapped in southern Sumatra’s South Lampung Regency after a series of waves hit coastal regions around the Sunda Strait last night, Saturday, December 22.

A Taiwanese businessman representing the Three Wheels Foundation charity group told Taiwan’s Central News Agency that a group of eight tourists were affected by the disaster.

Two adults in the group are reported to be relatively seriously injured after being hit by heavy objects while escaping from the waves, and are unable to walk, or to get to a hospital. The injured are being cared for by local nursing staff at a private residence where the group is taking refuge.

One of two children with the group is also reported to have suffered abrasions, according to the CNA report.

Taiwan’s representative office in Indonesia has been in contact with the group and is liaising with local officials in Lampung to arrange for the group’s care while representatives head to the area.

At least 43 people are dead and 584 injured, with the toll likely to rise, according to officials quoted by Reuters.

Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency said the tsunami was caused by “an undersea landslide resulting from volcanic activity on Anak Krakatau” and was exacerbated by an abnormally high tide because of the current full moon.

“The tsunami hit several areas of the Sunda Strait, including beaches in Pandeglang regency, Serang, and South Lampung,” the agency said.

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