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Latest Indonesian tsunami death toll soars past 400

Latest Indonesian tsunami death toll soars past 400

Indonesia has ordered all flights to be rerouted as volcano alert level has been raised.

Indonesia's disaster management agency (BNPB) on Thursday upgraded its alert level for the volcano to its second-highest level, warning in a statement that volcanic activity on the island volcano "continues to increase".

The tsunami hit at 9:27 p.m. Jakarta time (1427 GMT) on Saturday, after the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano sparked underwater landslides, leading to the rise of the sea level.

As per the latest reports, the death toll due to the volcano-triggered natural disaster in Indonesia stood at 429, with 1,485 people injured and another 154 still missing.

Karnawati, of the meteorology agency, said that because the tsunami was caused by volcanic activity, it would not have been picked up by the system's seafloor sensors, which monitor movement from conventional earthquakes responsible for most of Indonesia's tsunamis.

The tsunami hit Java and Sumatra islands after the eruption of Anak Krakatau, which lies in the Sunda Strait between the two islands.

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Ms North said people were scared of what might come next.

While the country has an early warning system in place earthquake-triggered tsunami, it does not have a similar system to warn of possible tsunami after a volcanic eruption.

A state of emergency has been declared until Jan 4, which authorities hope will make it easier to deploy assistance, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency.

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The Indonesian Red Cross said more than 400 staff and volunteers are delivering clean water, blankets, tarpaulins and other supplies, while it dispatched mobile medical units.

Last Saturday, the volcano triggered a tsunami which killed hundreds.

Christmas celebrations traditionally filled with laughter and uplifting music were replaced by somber prayers for tsunami victims in an area hit without warning, leaving more than 420 people dead and thousands more homeless in disaster-prone Indonesia.

"The Air Nav has issued a notam ruling about the re-routing flight at the pathway which cannot be passed by aircraft", said Polana B. Pramesti, director general of Air Transport of Indonesian Transport Ministry.

Collapse of the volcano's undersea wall resulted in the tsunami on December 22 evening that killed hundreds of people who were spending the weekend in popular beaches along Banten's coast.

Mucahit Demir, an official of Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) in Southeast Asia, said the agency distributed aid, including shelter, food and personal care items to 7,500 people in the region.

Bad weather conditions, heavy rain and high waves have hampered his search efforts since Monday night. Anak Krakatau has been erupting on and off since 1930 and the most recent spell of activity has led officials to upgrade risks to people inland.

Radar data from satellites, converted into images, shows Anak Krakatau shrunk dramatically following Saturday's eruption.

In 1883, the volcano then known as Krakatoa erupted in one of the biggest blasts in recorded history, killing more than 36,000 people in a series of tsunami and lowering the global surface temperature by one degree Celsius with its ash.

A governor in disaster-hit Indonesia thanked Turkey on Thursday for rushing to aid the victims.