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Tsunami video shows waves crashing into rock concert

Dramatic footage of a tsunami in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait shows large waves crashing into an outdoor stage where a local rock band was performing, reportedly killing a musician.

Several spectators attending the concert by Indonesian pop band 17 were missing after the disaster late on Saturday, the Reuters news agency reported.

Along the rim of the Sunda Strait, at least 168 people were killed and more than 700 wounded, and hundreds of homes and other buildings were “heavily damaged” by the tsunami.

Authorities warned residents and tourists in coastal areas around the Sunda Strait to stay away from beaches and a high-tide warning remained in place through till December 25.

“Please do not be around the beaches around the Sunda Strait. Those who have evacuated, please do not return yet,” said Rahmat Triyono, an official at the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

TV footage showed roads blocked by debris from damaged houses, overturned cars and fallen trees.

It was the latest in a series of tragedies that have struck Indonesia, a vast archipelago, in recent years.

On December 26 in 2004, an Indian Ocean tsunami triggered by an earthquake killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

SOURCE:
Al Jazeera and news agencies

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