Relief and tracing efforts are continuing in the tsunami, which struck areas between the islands of Java and Sumatra, Indonesia, on Sunday, causing great damage and hundreds of deaths and injuries. The disaster has also sparked scientific and media controversy because of the tsunami without warning.
Search teams and ambulances found it difficult to reach the affected areas after overturned cars, collapsed buildings, and tree trunks blocked roads.
The Indonesian disaster management agency said today that the disaster has killed 281 people, and injured more than a thousand others.
The devastating tsunami occurred without any earthquake, which sparked a scientific and media debate. Tidal waves are known to occur in the wake of an earthquake whose depth is deep in the sea, but the current tsunami was the result of the eruption of the Anak Krakatoa volcano in West Java and South Sumatra.
correspondent in Indonesia Suhaib Jassim said that the initial hypothesis of the scientists that the eruption of the volcano led to landslides, coincided with the phenomenon of tidal associated with the gravity of the moon and the sun, and with seasonal storms and rain, the waves rose significantly to hit the coasts over tens of kilometers.
There has been no tsunami in more than 100 years since the volcano erupted.
correspondent added that near the affected area of the capital will help to speed up the implementation of relief operations and help the victims, as well as reconstruction of the damage caused by the natural disaster
A spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency said hundreds of homes and buildings were badly damaged by the tsunami, which occurred almost without warning late Saturday at the Sunda Strait.
Thousands of people have been forced to move to higher ground, and residents in coastal areas told the media that they had not seen or felt any sign of disaster, such as water loss or an earthquake, before waves hit the beach between 2 and 3 meters high.
Indonesian authorities have warned residents and tourists in coastal areas around the Sunda Strait from approaching the beaches and kept the tidal wave alert until Tuesday.