Eight Taiwanese tourists stranded by Indonesian tsunami

Residents inspect a house damaged by a tsunami, in Carita, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. The tsunami apparently caused by the eruption of an island volcano killed a number of people around Indonesia's Sunda Strait, sending a wall of water crashing some 65 feet (20 meters) inland and sweeping away hundreds of houses including hotels, the government and witnesses said. (AP Photo)

JAKARTA (CNA) — Eight Taiwanese tourists, two of whom have been seriously injured, are reportedly stranded in a mountainous area of Indonesia after fleeing a tsunami that hit coastal areas throughout the Sunda Strait late Saturday, a charity group formed by locally-based Taiwanese businesses said on Dec. 23.

The deadly tsunami occurred after undersea landslides caused by the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano, according to foreign media reports. Chung Wen-lin (鐘文燐), an executive of the charity foundation, told CNA that an eight-member tour group, including Taiwanese woman Wu Tzu-ping (吳子萍), her mother, sister, and two children, were in Tanjung Lesung, Lampung Province, when the tsunami struck.

Several people in the group were injured as they fled to a neighboring mountainous area after the tsunami hit areas throughout the Sunda Strait, including beaches in South Lampung, Chung said.

Two adults in the group were badly injured by falling objects and several others suffered minor injuries, according to a member of the tour group.

The injured were later taken to a local clinic where they received medical treatment and their injuries are not life-threatening, the member said.

Taiwan’s representative to Indonesia, Chen Chung (陳忠), has contacted the stranded and dispatched staff to assist them.

The Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management said in a statement issued Sunday that at least 40 people have been killed and another 600 people injured on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra when the tsunami struck late on Dec. 22.

By Jay Chou and Evelyn Kao