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An Indonesia policeman searches for victims amongst the debris at the Mutiara Carita Cottages in Carita in BanAFPten province

An Indonesia policeman searches for victims amongst the debris at the Mutiara Carita Cottages in Carita in Banten province

Tiku is located northwest of Indonesia's Sunda Strait, where the tsunami struck.

Search efforts for the 128 people still missing in the disaster zone of the deadly tsunami that has killed at least 373 people continued on Tuesday, with some officials admitting privately that the chance of finding more survivors alive was slim.

The waves followed an eruption and apparent landslide on Anak Krakatau, or "Child of Krakatoa", a volcanic island that formed in the early part of the 20th century near the site of the cataclysmic 1883 eruption of Krakatoa.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of public relations at Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said 843 people were injured and 28 were missing, as of 4pm local time.

No foreigners had been reported killed or injured.

Church leaders called on Christians across Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, to pray for victims of the tsunami.

"This is a bad blow for Indonesia", Mr Morrison said. "But should they present, then obviously we will work with the Indonesian government as they request".

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Nine hotels along the coast were also damaged.

Oxfam was preparing to send an assessment team to the area and respond as required.

A tragic year for Indonesia added more deaths and misery.

"Such triggers would not have been detected by Indonesia's tsunami early warning system because that is geared-up to detect earthquake-triggered tsunamis", said Richard Teeuw, a disaster risk reduction expert at the University of Portsmouth in England.

Earthquakes and tsunamis have destroyed hundreds of homes, and killed and displaced thousand of people this year across the vast Indonesian archipelago: more than 500 killed Lombok island in July and more than 2,500 dead in the Central Sulawesi city of Palu in September. I was thrown into the fence of a building about 30 metres (100 feet) from the beach and held onto the fence as strong as I could, trying to resist the water, which feels like it would drag me back into the sea.

Dramatic video posted on social media showed the Indonesian pop band Seventeen performing in a tent on Tanjung Lesung beach at a concert for employees of the state electricity company. As bright strobe lights flashed on stage, a child could be seen wandering through the crowd. Members of the audience and band scream as the stage is brought down.

Tourists were also affected during the long holiday weekend ahead of Christmas.

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"I'm scared because my home is right near the beach". "This is like suddenly dropping a bag of sand in a tub filled with water", he said.

His house, 300 yards from the coast, was not affected, but he has fled inland anyway to a cousin's house, where he is staying along two other families.

Police officers rescued a 5-year-old boy on Sunday who had been trapped for almost 12 hours in a vehicle buried under fallen trees and rubble, according to a video posted by the police on Twitter. Thatched bamboo shacks were torn apart. Where victims were found, yellow, orange and black body bags were laid out, and weeping relatives identified the dead.

Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) chairwoman Dwikorita Karnawati said at a joint press conference in Jakarta on December 24 that volcano Anak Krakatau's eruptions had led to a landslide, which triggered tremors that were equivalent to a magnitude-3.4 quake, according to The Jarkata Post.

The tsunami's impacts were compounded by a tidal wave caused by the full moon, BMKG said in a news release.

The Anak Krakatau volcano lies in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, linking the Indian Ocean and Java Sea.

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