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Seventeen loses band members in Sunda Strait tsunami

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, December 23, 2018  /  11:41 am
Seventeen loses band members in Sunda Strait tsunami

Residents inspect the damage to their homes on Carita beach on December 23, 2018, after the area was hit by a tsunami on December 22. (AFP/Semi)

Indonesian band Seventeen has confirmed the death of one of its members and its road manager following a tsunami in the Sunda Strait that struck the beach where the band was performing on Saturday night.

The band confirmed via a press release that bassist M. Awal Purbani, also known as Bani, and road manager Oki Wijaya passed away following the disaster. Seventeen was performing at an event held by state electricity company PLN when the tsunami hit the stage where the band was performing, located on the shore of Tanjung Lesung beach, at 09:30 pm.

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The band is still looking for four people in their team, including Herman Sikumbang (guitarist), Andi Windu Darmawan (drummer), Ujang (crew member), and Dylan Sahara (wife of vocalist Ifan).

Seventeen band's musical instruments are scattered on the grounds of Tanjung Lesung Resort in Pandeglang regency, Banten, following the tsunami strike on Saturday, Dec. 22.Seventeen band's musical instruments are scattered on the grounds of Tanjung Lesung Resort in Pandeglang regency, Banten, following the tsunami strike on Saturday, Dec. 22. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

According to the statement, they had been evacuated to nearby clinics, and a search and rescue team had been deployed to the area. The band is unable to go anywhere due to the lack of transportation. Frontman Ifan uploaded a video to his Instagram account, confirming in tears that several band members and his wife had not yet been found and asking for prayers from his followers. (ars/asw)