Indonesia tsunami: Jakarta band Seventeen swept away while performing live, leaving two band members dead

The death toll from the catastrophe believed to be caused by a volcanic eruption on Anak Krakatau has risen to 168, with another 30 people missing.


                            Indonesia tsunami: Jakarta band Seventeen swept away while performing live, leaving two band members dead

Popular Jakarta band Seventeen were performing at the Tanjung Lesung Resort on Saturday, December 23 night, when a deadly wave caused by a tsunami that hit Indonesia swept them and a few fans away.

The bass player M Awal Purbani, better known as Bani and the band's local manager Oki Wijaya are confirmed dead, while other band members, guitarist Herman Sikumbang and drummer Andi Windu Darmawan, are reportedly still missing. 

The death toll from the catastrophe believed to be caused by a volcanic eruption on Anak Krakatau has risen to 168, with another 30 people missing. According to Indonesia's disaster management agency, around 750 people had been left injured; it also feared the number of victims may rise because rescue teams are yet to reach all the affected areas.

Video footage from the concert posted on social media shows the band performing under a tent as dozens of people sat listening at tables, while eating food. In between songs, even as Andi continues to pound away, the stage is suddenly seen heaving forward, throwing the band and all their equipment onto the audience.



 

According to Jakarta Post, two other members of their team, crew member Ujang, and actress Dylan Sahara, the wife of vocalist Riefian Fajarsyah, are also missing. In a tearful video posted by Ifan on Instagram, he confirmed the news saying, "We lost our bassist, Bani and our manager Oki."

Fans have been posting messages of condolences and prayers for Ifan, who apparently was saved from thrown off the stage because he held on to a box. He revealed that he saw the panic and floated on water before finding a box to hold on to, after which he floated away from the crowds. 



 

It is understood that the fans who attended the concert and the missing members of team Seventeen could have been evacuated to nearby clinics. However, due to lack of transportation, the band is finding it impossible to actually locate them.  

The tsunami reportedly came without warning and hit coastal areas in the north and south-east of the Sunda Strait, which runs between the islands of Java and Sumatra, at 9.30 pm on Saturday.The worst affected areas are Pandeglang region of Banten province in Java, which encompasses Ujung Kulon National Park and many popular beaches.



 

While some believe that the tsunami was caused by the undersea landslides triggered by the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano, others are of the opinion that the two are unrelated. Some scientists are citing the tidal waves caused by the full moon as a reason as well.
 

Disclaimer : This is based on sources and we have been unable to verify this information independently.