WCC offers condolences in wake of Indonesia tsunami



After the tsunami hit the coast on Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, the World Council of Churches reached out with condolences to people who have lost loved ones. More than 12,000 residents have fled to higher ground amid further tsunami warnings.


More than 370 people have been killed and 750 injured after a tsunami hit the coast on Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, government officials say.

“A natural disaster of this magnitude at a time when so many gathered to be with family to celebrate the promises of the future makes this all the more tragic and painful,” says Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary. “We received your relief update informing us of the number of lives lost, the many injured and the properties experiencing damage”, he added.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people affected by the tsunami in Indonesia. The church is called to be a source of recovery and restoration, particularly at such times of loss and pain, added Tveit. “We stand with you in your own pain and as you seek to bear witness to God’s love and care at this time. We journey with you now and as we continue on the pilgrimage of justice and peace.”

ACT Alliance is actively working on the humanitarian response in the country, both through national members (Yakkum Emergency Unit and Pelkesi) and international members, even as they continue to respond to the earlier earthquake in Lombok and the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi.

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Indonesian military and rescue teams continue to search through debris, hoping to find survivors of a tsunami triggered by a landslide from a volcano that has claimed the lives of more than 370 people — a figure the Government says will most likely rise.

More than 12,000 residents have fled to higher ground amid further tsunami warnings.

A high tide warning has been extended to Wednesday.

64 hectares of the volcanic island Anak Krakatau was dumped into the sea.

Thick clouds of ash spewed from Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island where a crater collapse at high tide late on Saturday set off waves that smashed into coastal areas on both sides of the Sunda Strait between the islands of Sumatra and Java.

Rescuers used heavy machinery and bare hands to dig bodies out of mud and wreckage along a 100-kilometre stretch of Java’s west coast.

More than 1,400 people were injured and about 12,000 residents had to move to higher ground, with a high-tide warning extended to Wednesday.

 

An aerial view of Anak Krakatau volcano. Anak Krakatau translates to Child of Krakatau and was formed by a 1927 eruption.

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