Members of Rock Band Among Hundreds Dead in Tsunami in Indonesia

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At least three members of the popular band Seventeen have died after a tsunami swept through a Southeast Indonesia beach where they were performing.

Bassist M. Awal (Bani) Purbani, guitarist Herman Sikumbang and road manager Oki Wijaya were killed when a massive wave crashed onto the stage at the Tanjung Lesung beach, according to The Daily News.

Audience members who were videotaping the band caught the harrowing moment the wave made impact. The lead singer, Reifian Fajarsyah posted a tearful video on social media, clearly grieving while calling for the return of three other band members who are missing and his wife, whose birthday is Sunday.

At this point, Indonesian officials say more than 222 people are dead and more than 800 have been injured since the tsunami hit Southeast Indonesia Saturday night. More than 30 people are still unaccounted for. Authorities expect those numbers to rise because they haven’t gotten to the hardest hit areas yet.

Triggered by a volcano eruption, the tsunami destroyed homes and hotels in the popular tourist area near the capital of Jakarta without warning.

Officials tell CNN the country still does not have a multihazard early warning system in place.


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