Reported at least 262 killed on Java Island
A tsunami crashed into beach resorts and fishing villages on Java island Monday, killing at least 262 people and leaving more than 160 missing after bulletins failed to reach the region because no warning system was in place.
Pangandaran it's quite a famous beach resorts and tourist destination in West Java Province. (Pangandaran Travel Guide from Virtual Tourist.com)
It was told that frantic tourists and villagers shouted "Tsunami! Tsunami!" as the wave more than 6 feet high approached. Some climbed trees or fled to higher ground to escape while others crowded into inland mosques to pray.
At least 23,000 people fled their homes, either because they were destroyed or in fear of another tsunami.
Death toll rose to at least 262.
- At least 172 people were killed and 85 others were missing in the Pangandaran area. A Pakistani national, a Swedish national and a Dutch national were among the dead. Most of the victims were believed to be Indonesians.
- At least 77 were killed and more than 70 others were missing in nearby Cilacap district.
- 13 others died elsewhere along the coast.