Updated

December 23, 2018 11:14:31

At least 20 people have been killed and 165 others injured when a tsunami hit beaches around Sunda Strait in Indonesia on Saturday night, the government’s Disaster Mitigation Agency says.

Key points:

  • At least 20 dead, 165 injured as a result of the surge
  • The cause of the tsunami is unconfirmed, but could be linked to a volcanic eruption
  • Coastal areas in the Sunda Strait have been inundated with knee-deep water

The cause of the surge of water is yet to be confirmed, however Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho tweeted that it could have been related to the Krakatoa volcano.

It is thought an eruption may have caused undersea landslides, displacing a large volume of sea water.

Mr Nugroho posted video of the aftermath on Twitter, with the vision depicting an overturned car and knee-deep water flooding the streets.

Dozens of buildings were damaged by the water.

The Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean.

In September, at least 832 people were killed by a quake and tsunami that hit the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi, which is just east of Borneo.

ABC/AP

Topics:

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disasters-and-accidents,

indonesia

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December 23, 2018 10:37:12

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