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As Indonesia volcano rumbles, survivors fear more ruinous waves | News



Steady loud booms rupture on the coast of Pandeglang province on Indonesia's Java island.

Hidden in the gloom some 47km out in the sea, Anak Krakatoa volcano is still erupting, like it has been doing for several months now.

But it is believed that it has a great deal of energy and that it has not been released in the past.

"It's not like a usual wave," Edi Sujarwo , a chef at the Pandeglang seafront, told Al Jazeera.

The powerful tsunami washed away in the middle of a beautiful beach trail of destruction. The latest death toll stands at 429 people, with 1.459 others injured and another 1

28 missing.

Thousands have been displaced and forced to seek shelter in temporary camps after the menacing waves flattened their homes.

"I do not know what I'm going to do, "Ami Yati told Al Jazeera.

Her house in Pandeglang is more than four meters above normal sea level, yet the surging water is powered by it as well as her shop next door.

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Fears of second tsunami

With Anak Krakatoa still rumbling, experts are warning that more destructive waves could slam the already-knit areas in southern Sumatra and western Java.

"People are nervous along this coast, watching the sea said Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas, reporting from Pandeglang .

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Across the coast, in South Lampung on Sumatra, the same feeling prevails.

"Abdullrahman, the head of Rajabasa village."

"What a threat on the horizon," Abdulrahman, the head of Rajabasa village, said: "We're scared that another tsunami could hit our village at any time, but we grew up in our ancestors who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told Al Jazeera.

"We're scared, but this is our home."

On both the islands, search and rescue teams are using heavy machinery, diggers and even theirs

At a small resort on Java's Carita Beach, rescuers on Monday recovered some 40 bodies during the recovery and cleanup operations.

"They are still working in the rubble, where there is still a smell of death – "Al Jazeera's Rob McBride, reporting from the scene, said on Tuesday, adding that the efforts are being hampered by bad weather.

Indonesians call for better resp onse to tsunami disaster (19659022) New monitoring equipment

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 17,000 islands with a population of some 260 million people, sits on the "Ring of Fire" and is frequently visited hit by earthquakes and tsunamis.

For many in the recent recent disaster zones, […] 19659004] "I want the government to help us so we can continue to live here, so we are not afraid any more," said Hasbialoh Asnawi, resident of Anyer district on Java island.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who visited on Monday affected areas, pledged to have any tsunami-detection gear fixed or repaired.

In a post on Twitter, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesperson for Indonesia Disaster Mitigation Agency ( BNPB) Acknowledging that Indonesia's network of detention has been out of order for a year and a half, it has become an issue for Vandalism and Budget Shortages.

BNPB's But other officials and experts said the tsunami was caused by Anak Krakatau sensors Indonesia's tsunamis

"It's highly likely that there will be more tsunami generated by submarine landslides. The question is, when is that going to happen. We do not know, " James Goff, professor of tsunami r esearch at the University of New South Wales in Australia, told Al Jazeera.

" Are there going to be bigger ones? We do not know. What warning do you have?

Major disasters

Saturday's tsunami was Indonesia's third major natural disaster in July and August, major earthquakes on Lombok island a devastating earthquake-tsunami claimed more than 2,000 lives in Palu on Sulawesi island.

It also came just a few days before the 14th anniversary of the December 26 , 2004 tsunami, one of the deadliest disasters in history that claimed the lives of some 220,000 people in several countries around the Indian Ocean, more than half of whom were Indonesians.

Anak Krakatoa wants to linger.

"A number of people are living in temporary shelters s on higher ground, "said Al Jazeera's McBride.

" Whether they come back here, they want to depend on what they do in the future. "


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