No Vietnamese has been reported dead or missing in a volcano tsunami that hit Sunda Strait, Anyer Beach and South Lampung of Indonesia’s Banten and Lampung provinces as of December 23 morning, according to the Embassy of Vietnam in Indonesia.
The embassy got the information from Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry and advised Vietnamese in Indonesia not to travel to those areas.
The embassy was requested to closely work with local competent agencies to update information and promptly conduct necessary protection measures if any Vietnamese was affected. The embassy should also update information on its portal.
Vietnamese citizens stuck in the region or in need of urgent support are advised to contact the hotline of the Vietnamese Embassy +62811161025 and +62213100358, or the citizen protection hotline +84 981848484.
A tsunami following a volcanic eruption in Indonesia claimed at least 168 lives, said local authorities on December 23.
Representative of the Indonesian national disaster mitigation agency said 745 people were wounded and 30 others remain missing.
Dozens of buildings were destroyed by the wave, which hit beaches in South Sumatra and the western tip of Java about 9.30 pm local time on December 22, following a volcano eruption.
The disaster caused severe impacts to areas surrounding Sunda Strait, including beaches in Pangegland, Serang and South Lampung.
Authorities say the tsunami may have been triggered by an abnormal tidal surge due to a new moon and an underwater landslide following the eruption of Anak Krakatoa, which forms a small island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra.