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Indonesia Tsunami: The Video Footage Showed People Dancing And Enjoying The Music But Suddenly Started Screaming As The Tsunami Wave Hit The Stage.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Shashikant Sharma | Updated on: 23 Dec 2018, 07:48:42 PM
Over 200 people were killed and hundreds of others injured after a devastating tsunami hit Indonesia's Sunda Strait.

New Delhi :

An Indonesian rock band swept away by tsunami waves while performing in a beachside concert, dramatic video footage being shared on social showed on Sunday. Hundreds of people had gathered at the Tanjung Lesung beach for a pre-Christmas party when the devastating Tsunami hit on Saturday night. The purported video footage showed people dancing and enjoying the music but suddenly started screaming as the tsunami wave hit the stage, sweeping members of the local rock band Seventeen. “Underwater I could only pray ‘Jesus Christ help!’, Zack, a crew member of the rock band Seventeen, said in an Instagram post describing the horror he underwent. "In the final seconds I almost ran out of breath," he said, adding he survived by clinging to part of the collapsed stage.

Over 200 people were killed and hundreds of others injured after a devastating tsunami, believed to be triggered by an underwater landslide following the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano, hit the coastal parts of Indonesia. The death count was likely to increase further as many people were still missing.

Among the dead, four were the young members of the rock band seventeen. While the drummer of the band was still missing, bassist M Awal "Bani" Purbani, road manager Oki Wijaya, guitarist Herman Sikumbang and crew member Ujang were killed.

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In an emotional Instagram post, the lead vocalist of the band Seventeen, Riefian Fajarsyah, announced the news that the group’s bassist and road manager were killed in the tsunami. With tears rolling down his face, Fajarsyah said that two more members of the band, one crew and his wife, were still missing.

"Andi (drummer) and Herman (guitar) and Ujang (crew) have not been found. Please pray so that my wife Dylan (Dylan Sahara) will be found soon. The rest are thankfully safe although suffering from injuries and broken bones. Please pray so my wife Dylan, Andi and Herman Sikumbang and Ujang can be found soon," an emotional Fajarsyah said. Later, bodies of Herman Sikumbang and Ujang were recovered.

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The deadly tsunami struck at Saturday night without any warning, destroying hundreds of buildings located in several popular tourist destinations, including the Tanjung Lesung beach resort in the west of Java island. Local authorities said the undersea landslides after the Anak Krakatau volcano eruption might have caused the tsunami. Meanwhile, people have been advised to stay away from the coastline due to fears of another tsunami.

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First Published : 23 Dec 2018, 07:35:55 PM