Malaysian reported injured in Sunda Strait tsunami

Thousands of residents have had to move to higher ground after officials extended their high-tide warning following the tsunami in the Sunda Strait. (AFP pic)

PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian has been reported to be seriously injured in the Indonesian tsunami in the Sunda Strait, Star Online reported.

It said the Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) confirmed the man, Khairul Umam Masduki, 31, sustained injuries on his leg.

This made him unable to walk in the first moments of the tsunami. However, he managed to get himself to higher ground.

He was later rescued and brought to a safe house by a rescue team, the report said.

Bernama reported that the victim was taken to Bob Bazar Hospital Kalianda for further treatment.

It said a spokesman for the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta, when contacted, said the embassy was working with Basarnas to provide the necessary assistance, including consular assistance, to the victim, who is from Kuala Lumpur.

Reuters reported that drones and sniffer dogs continue to be used to search for survivors along the devastated west coast of Java.

Saturday night’s tsunami was triggered by an underground landslide caused by the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano.

At least 429 people were killed and more than 1,400 injured, and 154 people remain missing.

Thousands of residents have had to move to higher ground after officials extended their high-tide warning to Wednesday.

Indonesia suffered a series of powerful earthquakes on the island of Lombok in July and August. A quake-cum-tsunami in September killed 2,200 people in Palu on Sulawesi island.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported that the Malaysian Consultative Council for Islamic Organisations (Mapim) has started sending volunteers to provide basic aid to the areas affected by the tsunami which hit the Sunda Strait.

It CEO, Dr Ahmad Sani Araby Al-Kahery, said Mapim had sent two disaster activists, who are also with the Malaysian Civil Defence Force, to the affected areas.

“They were originally in Palu for a village project. Yesterday, they managed to enter three critical areas.”

Sani said the team started distributing food packs, medicines and essential items today and also helped in recovering bodies.

For now, he said, Mapim is not planning to send more volunteers as the situation was still at the alert stage.

Sani said members of the public who want to donate can do so through the same fund for Palu at www.rayuansulawesi.com or to the Maybank account 5582 2060 5312.

Humanitarian Care Malaysia (MyCare) CEO Kamarul Anwar Shaharul Anwar said early assistance in the form of food and hygiene packs will be provided to the victims soon through its affiliated NGO in Indonesia, Pos Keadilan Peduli Ummat (PKPU) Human Initiative.

“For the moment, there are no plans for a mission there.”

Members of the public who want to donate can do so through the website www.billplz.com/selatsunda or MyCARE Maybank account 5515 7500 4299, CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad (86 0213559 2) and Bank Islam (1209 20100 34904), he said.