TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Chairman of Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) of Banten chapter Ashok Kumar said at least 20 hotels were damaged due to the tsunami that hit Tanjung Lesung, Banten on late Saturday, December 22. He explained those hotels were located along the coastal beach of Carita and Tanjung Lesung.
“Most hotels are slightly damaged,” said Ashok when contacted by Tempo on Monday, December 24.
Earlier, the Meteorology, Climatology, Geophysics Agency (BMKG) announced tsunami hit several coastal areas in Sunda Strait, including districts of Pandeglang, Serang, and South Lampung. The disaster occurred on Saturday at 21:27 Western Indonesia Time (WIB).
Ashok mentioned the hotel management had carried out repairment and development. “We have asked managements of hotels to immediately take steps on repairment, and it’s been conducted,” he added.
To date, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) is still recording data of death toll caused by the Sunda Strait tsunami. Per Monday morning, December 24, a total of 281 people died, 1,061 people injured, and 57 people went missing. The tsunami also causes 11,687 people evacuated and damaged buildings; 611 hotels, 60 tenants, and 420 boats.
The tsunami affected five districts, including the coast of Carita Beach, Panimbang Beach, Teluk Lada Beach, Sumur, and Tanjung Lesung.