Oxfam responding as dozens killed after tsunami in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait

Oxfam ready to respond as dozens killed after tsunami in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait

Oxfam is getting ready to respond to tsunami-affected communities in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, with reports that more than 43 people have died and hundreds more injured following a tsunami that struck islands in the Strait last night.

Coastal communities in small islands in the Sundra Strait are believed to be among the worst hit from the tsunami, with Indonesia’s national disaster management authority claiming underwater landslides triggered by a volcanic eruption from Mt Krakatoa may have caused the waves.

Oxfam Australia’s Humanitarian Manager Meg Quartermaine said Oxfam and its partners were coordinating with Indonesian authorities and other humanitarian agencies in order to assess the need in the Sunda Strait.

“Almost three months after a large 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sulawesi in Indonesia, causing devastating rapid onset tsunami waves, communities in Indonesia are again waking up to the news of another deadly tsunami,” Ms Quartermaine said.

“The tsunami which occurred overnight in the Sunda Strait has reportedly killed about 43 people, and injured hundreds more.

“Authorities expect this number will increase, and so an Oxfam assessment team is going out to the Strait today to gather

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