Hundreds of panicked residents, many pathetic and clutching small children, attempted to rush Sumber Jaya encampment Tuesday as word widespread that another tsunami was about to pound into the cracked Indonesian community.
At a bustling intersection several hundred meters back from the beach, people clambered onto the back of trucks and motorbikes or ran through the trade in a bid to strech the reserve of aloft ground, as the H2O turn rose in the sea.
“Run up to the hills — water!” they screamed.
Police and search-and-rescue workers attempted to assistance get people out, but the internal mosque shortly calmed the disharmony over the loudspeaker: the rising waterline was just a unchanging tidal surge, not a repeat of Saturday’s torpedo tsunami.
The unfortunate exodus underlines the turn of fear along Indonesia’s gutted seashore after the volcano-triggered tsunami struck but warning, murdering over 400 people.
It swept over renouned beaches on southern Sumatra and the western corner of Java, inundating traveller hotels and coastal towns, including Sumber Jaya, withdrawal a route of genocide and drop in the wake.
Abdul Aziz, a disaster assist proffer who was operative in Sumber Jaya when Tuesday’s disharmony erupted, pronounced report about another tsunami triggered the rush of people out of town.
“There was information that the H2O was rising, but it was only a rumour,” he told AFP.
It wasn’t the first time since Saturday’s disaster that whispers about uninformed waves sowed panic among shaken area residents.
Officials contend an tear of the rumbling Anak Krakatoa volcano, which sits in the pickle between Java and Sumatra, caused a territory of the void to fall and slip into the ocean, triggering the tsunami.
With volcanic activity still high, experts have warned that more torpedo waves could impact the stricken segment — and thousands of evacuees are still too fearful to lapse home.
“I’ve been here 3 days,” pronounced Neng Sumarni, 40, who was sleeping with her 3 children and father on the building of a propagandize with some 3 dozen others in hard-hit Carita.
“I’m frightened because my home is right nearby the beach.”