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Indonasians flee to mountains in fear of another tsunami

 Indonesians seeks shelter in mountains as Villagers set up makeshift camps on mountainside  in fear another tsunami hittin their homes again.

Indonesians seeks shelter in mountains as Villagers set up makeshift camps on mountainside  in fear another tsunami hittin their homes again.

Maskah a woman from a village in South Lampung, Indonesia said she woke up on Saturday night to the sound of wooden fishing boats splintering apart outside her house in the village of Sukaraja in South Lampung. I knew it was a tsunami, so I ran to the road next to my house and fled up to the mountains. 

She also stated that she was unable to bring anything, just the clothes she was wearing." 

 Other villagers followed Maskah, many carrying young children.

 They trekked over a kilometre and a half along a muddy track on Rajabasa Mountain to a partial clearing called Kebun Damos. 

She alongside  Those families spent the night huddled together under trees and sleeping on banana leaves. "It was raining hard and they  were all soaked. 

 The powerful tsunami which hit Indonesia's Banten and Lampung provinces late on Saturday, left at least 430 people dead. 

The eruption of Anak Krakatoa volcano in the Sunda Strait is widely thought to be what caused the huge waves.

 It has also left Over 16,000 people  displaced, including many of the residents from Sukaraja village, who lived close to the shoreline. 

Most of them are afraid to go home, worried another tsunami will hit their village again.

Fearful of another wave attack

The morning after the tsunami, Maskah and other families went back to their houses to collect clothes and other personal items before returning to the safety of the mountainside. 

 They are fearful that Anak Krakatoa will erupt again and are too traumatised to go home. "That sound in the distance isn't thunder," said another  from Sukaraja village. 

  "It's the volcano rumbling and it's getting louder. Anak Krakatoa is still active, so we are on alert." 

Food is scarce in the makeshift camp and as of Wednesday, the residents were yet to receive adequate assistance from the government. 

 Up to five families sleep in tents which the villagers built themselves using tarpaulins and mosquito nets. 

 "At night, we can't sleep," said Ruminah. "We're worried about snakes and spiders. 

Last night, a huge millipede got inside our tent. And it's so cold."

 The families say they need the government to deliver proper tents, as well as blankets and cooking equipment. 

At the moment, they make fires from wood found in the jungle to prepare their food. While other local residents and charities have donated crackers, instant noodles and water, the supplies are not enough to feed the group of over 100 people at the camp. 

 In the meantime, the displaced families have tried to supplement their diets with food scavenged from the surrounding jungle, including unripened bananas which they boil to make edible.

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