Just a week after deadly tsunami, Indonesia hit by devastating tornado


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Indonesia is still reeling after the deadly tsunami that claimed the lives of at least 430 people along the coastline of Sunda Strait last December 22. But the country was hit by another devastating natural disaster: a tornado that ravaged Panguragan region in Cirebon, West Java just a week later.
a week after deadly tsunami, Indonesia hit by devastating tornado

Last December 30, the tornado hit the area, claiming one life and damaging more than 165 homes.

a week after deadly tsunami, Indonesia hit by devastating tornado
Photo credit: Twitter / Sutopo Purwo Nugroho

Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) is still assessing the total damage caused the recent natural disaster, even as the locals are praying these tragedies would stop.


The tornado wreaked havoc through a village in Cirebon at around 3:30 pm, local time. Videos of the tornado would flood local social media pages – and people could be heard praying helplessly as they watched the tornado wreak havoc across the village.

BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho wrote on Twitter that the “puting beliung” (tornado) had caused blackouts in most parts of the region as a lot of power lines were damaged.

a week after deadly tsunami, Indonesia hit by devastating tornado
Photo credit: Twitter / Sutopo Purwo Nugroho

Aside from damaging a lot of homes, the tornado also hit a number of business establishments and caused damage to two Muslim prayer rooms.

The meteorologist also shared several videos and photos of the tornado as well as resulting damage it had done in the village.


The area hit by the tornado is located in West Java province which is just next to Banten province. Banten province as well as several places on Sumatra Island were the ones badly affected by the tsunami after Anak Krakatua erupted.

A huge chunk of the volcano was blasted off the mountain, sliding powerfully down the sea. This led to the deadly tsunami that devastated many areas along the coastline. Aside from 430 people losing their lives in the tragedy, the tsunami also injured over a thousand people and damaged hundreds of homes.

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express


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