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Doctors, Rescuers Work In Tsunami-Struck Indonesian Areas, At least 281 People Dead

Posted at 9:48 PM, Dec 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-23 21:48:53-05

Motorists ride past debris following a tsunami in Anyar, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. An eruption of one of the world's most infamous volcanic islands is believed to have triggered a tsunami that killed hundreds of people in Indonesia during a busy holiday weekend. The waves smashed onto beaches at night without warning, ripping houses and hotels from their foundations in seconds and sweeping terrified concertgoers into the sea. (AP Photo)

TANJUNG LESUNG, Indonesia (AP) – Doctors worked to help survivors and hundreds of people searched on debris-strewn beaches for more victims Monday from a deadly tsunami that smashed into houses, hotels and other buildings without warning in the darkness along an Indonesian strait.

The waves that swept terrified people into the sea Saturday night along the Sunda Strait followed an eruption and possible landslide on Anak Krakatau, one of the world’s most infamous volcanic islands.

At least 281 people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured. Dozens are missing from the disaster areas along the coastlines of western Java and southern Sumatra islands, and the numbers could increase once authorities hear from all stricken areas.