External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday expressed deep grief over the loss of life in Indonesia‘s volcano-triggered tsunami in Java and Sumatra islands. She said India stands by Indonesians in this hour of grief.
On Sunday around 9:30 PM, a powerful tsunami hit Indonesia, known for its thousands of islands stretching from the Andaman Sea to Indian Ocean and South China Sea, killing at least 281 people and injuring thousands.
Swaraj, tagging the foreign ministry of Indonesia, in a tweet said “My deepest condolences to the families of victims who lost their lives in the Tsunami that struck the coast of Sunda Straits in Indonesia. Our prayers are with them as we stand by our Indonesian brothers in this hour of grief @Menlu_RI.”
In October, when a deadly tsunami hit Indonesia, India had pressed its Air Force and Navy for rescue and humanitarian work.
Meanwhile, the death toll from tsunami has rose to 281 with more than 1,000 people injured, the national disaster agency said Monday.
“The number of victims and damage will continue to rise,” said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
Hundreds of buildings were destroyed by the wave, which slammed into the coast of southern Sumatra and the western tip of Java on Saturday after a volcano known as the “child” of Krakatoa erupted.
According to Indonesia’s geological agency, Anak Krakatoa had been showing signs of heightened activity for days, spewing plumes of ash thousands of meters into the air.
Most recently in the city of Palu on Sulawesi Island a quake and tsunami in September killed thousands of people.
Unlike those caused by earthquakes, which trigger alert systems, these tsunamis give authorities very little time to warn residents of the impending threat.