Tsunami relief efforts hampered by heavy rain

Debris is seen along a beach after a tsunami, near Sumur, Banten province, on Dec 26, 2018.
Debris is seen along a beach after a tsunami, near Sumur, Banten province, on Dec 26, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

Indonesian rescuers battled torrential rain yesterday to deliver aid and evacuate stranded villagers hit by last Saturday's tsunami in Banten province, as thousands prayed at mass graves to commemorate another killer wave that claimed thousands of lives 14 years ago in Aceh.

More than 400 people have been killed and over 20,000 displaced by the volcano-triggered tsunami last Saturday.

Fears remain that continued eruptions of the Anak Krakatau volcano could set off another large wave, and villagers in areas surrounding the Sunda Strait were warned to stay vigilant and keep at least 500m away from the beach.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 27, 2018, with the headline 'Tsunami relief efforts hampered by heavy rain'. Print Edition | Subscribe