Malaysian injured in Sunda Strait tsunami


PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian citizen has been seriously injured in the Indonesian tsunami.

According to the Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), Khairul Umam Masduki sustained injuries on his leg that made him unable to walk in the first moments of the tsunami.

The 31-year-old somehow managed to get himself to high ground and was later rescued and brought to a safe house by a rescue team.

It was also reported that Indonesian rescuers on Tuesday (Dec 25) used drones and sniffer dogs to search for survivors along the devastated west coast of Java.

The tsunami has killed at least 429 people, and aid agencies warn that more victims are expected to be uncovered as the search expands.

At least 154 people remain missing. More than 1,400 people were injured, and thousands of residents had to move to higher ground, with a high-tide warning extended to Wednesday (Dec 26).

Saturday (Dec 22) night’s tsunami was triggered by an underground landslide caused by the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano.

It was the third major natural disaster to strike Indonesia in the space of six months, following a series of powerful earthquakes on the island of Lombok in July and August and a quake-tsunami in September that killed around 2,200 people in Palu on Sulawesi island, with thousands more missing and presumed dead.

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