Graphic video captures Indonesia tsunami tragedy

by Kim Boateng Posted on December 23rd, 2018

Jakarta, Indonesia : Harrowing footage of a beachside concert has captured the shocking moment Indonesia’s deadly tsunami struck without warning.

The band Seventeen was entertaining some 260 staff and family members of state power company, PLN, when the tsunami suddenly  struck their concert venue, sweeping performers and audience members away.

Two band members and several of the audience were killed by the wave.

“We were singing our second song when suddenly a big wave crashed from behind the stage,” Seventeen‘s lead vocalist Riefian Fajarsyah, also known as Ifan, later told news broadcaster TV One.

A short video widely shared on social media showed the band playing at the moment the wave hit, causing the stage to instantly collapse.

The water washed inland and dragged along everyone at the location.

In a video posted on Instagram, Seventeen lead singer Riefian Fajarsyah, nicknamed Ifan, confirmed the deaths of its bassist M. Awal Purbani, also known as Bani, its road manager and its guitarist.

He said the drummer, a crew member, and his wife, whose birthday was Sunday, remain missing, urging people to pray for them to be found.

Minta doanya agar istri saya @dylan_sahara , trus mas @hermanseventeen @andi_seventeen sama @uje17_rukmanarustam cepet ktmu dalam keadaan selamat sehat walafiat. Minta ikhlas nya buat orang2 tersayang mas @baniseventeen dan mas @oki_wijaya –  A post shared by Riefian Fajarsyah (@ifanseventeen) on Dec 22, 2018 at 4:04pm PST

Ifan also posted a photo of him and his wife kissing in Paris, captioned, “Today is your birthday, I am wishing that you come home my love.”

He and the rest of the surviving band members sustained minor injuries, “but we are fine,” he said.

Hari ini kamu ulang tahun, aku mau ucapin langsung, cepet pulang sayang @dylan_sahara – A post shared by Riefian Fajarsyah (@ifanseventeen) on Dec 23, 2018 at 1:36am PST

Ifan said he floated on the water for about two hours with dead bodies around him.

When he was finally able to get ashore, he found the bodies of Bani and road manager Oki Wijaya among some debris.

The local PLN division holding the party, a transmission unit for western Java, lost 14 people in the disaster.

Eighty-nine people were still missing.

About 157 people, including some badly injured, were already accounted for.

“We continue to keep tabs on staff and search for victims,” PLN spokesman I Made Suprateka said.

“We are also restoring the electricity network to make it run as normal,” he added.

Seventeen’s bassist, M. Awal Purbani, also known as Bani, its road manager and its guitarist were killed in the disaster, the band said in a statement.

The drummer, a crew member, and the vocalist’s wife were still apparently missing.

Ifan said he floated on the water for about two hours with dead bodies around him.

When he was finally able to get ashore, he found the bodies of Bani and road manager Oki Wijaya among some debris.

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