Dutch among missing as tsunami hits Java

17th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

UPDATE 18 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — Several Dutch people are believed to have fallen victim to the tsunami that hit the south coast of the Indonesian island of Java on Monday.

UPDATE 18 July 2006

AMSTERDAM — Several Dutch people are believed to have fallen victim to the tsunami that hit the south coast of the Indonesian island of Java on Monday.

Some 350 are estimated to have died after an earthquake off the coast triggered the tsunami.

The deaths occurred in three areas on the south coast of Java and nearby Pangandaran. Most of the missing were working on a dam when the tsunami struck.

A local tour leader told a radio station that she was leading a group of Dutch tourists in the Pangandaran resort when the tsunami came ashore. Four of the group were missing afterwards.

"The waves came suddenly and we ran for the hills, she said. "A lot of small hotels were destroyed. The waves came up to the outer walls and boats crashed into the hotels," she said.

But a member of staff at the Dutch consulate said three Dutch people are known to have been among the five foreign fatalities, newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported on Tuesday. A person from Pakistan and a Swedish person also died.

The Dutch Foreign Ministry said it could not confirm the reports of the Dutch casualties. The Tourist Alarm Centre in the Netherlands was still trying to trace five Dutch tourists on Monday evening who were in Pangandaran.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on residents in the effected areas to seek shelter, as after-shocks could cause more damage.

A military spokesperson said that the tsunami's waves were three-metres high in some places. The sea off the coast was calm again by early afternoon, eye witnesses said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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