Heartbroken singer weeps for four bandmates after Indonesian tsunami

Four members of a boy band were killed when they were hit by a tsunami while playing onstage in Indonesia in a devastating natural disaster which was caught on camera, on Saturday evening.

Jaw dropping footage of the exact moment the 20ft wave came crashing down on the stage, engulfing the band, emerged on Sunday morning as it was revealed 220 are dead. 

A video which was being recorded in the seconds before the wave hit showed families enjoying a performance by Seventeen when suddenly the entire stage is smashed to pieces by the wave. 

The band’s lead singer Riefian ‘Ifan’ Fajarsyah told his 300,000 followers in a tearful video he was looking for the rest of the band.

The group later released a statement saying their bass player, guitarist and road manager were found dead, while two other band members and the wife of one of the performers remained missing. 

The singer Riefian ‘Ifan’ Fajarsyah who was wearing a Seventeen top cried as he told followers band members had been killed in the tsunami 

It is believed it may be the lead singer’s wife who has not been found. 

‘(We) lost Bani and our road manager Oki,’ the singer said. 

The dead were named as bassist M. Awal ‘Bani’ Purbani, road manager Oki Wijaya, guitarist Herman Sikumbang and crew member Ujang, the band said.

The band’s drummer is still missing. 

Another crew member revealed how he clung to the stage for survival.

‘Underwater I could only pray ‘Jesus Christ help,’ the man only named as Zack said in an Instagram post.

‘In the final seconds I almost ran out of breath.’

The band’s drummer is still missing, the lead singer has survived and the bassist has been killed, the band said

Seventeen were performing for 200 employees of state electricity utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and family members had gathered at the Tanjung Lesung beach for an end-of-year party when the tsunami struck at about 9.30pm.

The wave hit beaches around the Sunda Strait, between the islands of Java and Sumatra at about 9.30pm local time, destroying  500 houses, nine hotels and 350 boats. 

The deadly tsunami was triggered by an underwater landslide after the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano. The death toll stands at 168 while more than 700 people are injured.

‘Underwater I could only pray ‘Jesus Christ help!’,’ Zack, a crew member of the rock band Seventeen, said in an Instagram post describing how he struggled in the water.

Damaged buildings and cars are seen in Anyer, Serang as recovery workers are called in to try and find survivors 

Body bags are lining the streets in zones created by search and rescue teams. Indonesian families have been left devastated by the natural disaster 

Rescuers look for survivors along the coast in South Lampung on South Sumatra on Sunday afternoon as a boat is seen washed up into a house

A man grieves beside the body of his child in South Lampung on South Sumatra after more than 200 people were killed by a tsunami 

Hundreds of residents have come out to help in the search for survivors in Indonesia as they are left homeless and grieving

Men search through the rubble as they attempt to find surviving neighbours on the beach after the deadly disaster

The 20ft tsunami was caused by the volcanic eruption which triggered underwater landslides, scientists have said 

Homes and businesses were swept away by the 16ft wave which crashed onto the beachfront on Saturday evening after a volcanic eruption 

Rescuers remove a body of a victim along the coast in South Lampung on South Sumatra as they hunt for survivors in the wreckage

The hunt for survivors: Men and women have been clawing through the mud and water and pieces of building to try and find survivors

Beach buildings were completely destroyed. A man is pictured on the sand but officials are warning people to stay away from the sea

Krakatoa volcano erupts in Indonesia before ‘causing tsunami’. Scientists believe the full moon strengthened the rush of water sent crashing into land after the eruption 

Smoke billows from the volcano after it erupted and caused a killer wave which crashed onto beaches in Indonesia

A property which once stood on the seafront on the island, with a swimming pool and multiple cars has been battered 

The identification process will soon begin as Indonesians mourn the loss of scores of neighbours and friends just months after 2000 were killed in Palu on the island of Sulawesi

NASA released an image of the smoking volcanic island taken from the MultiSpectral Instrument (MSI) on the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Sentinel-2

The volcanic eruption caused a deadly tsunami which killed more than 220 people. The death toll is expected to rise early in the week 

‘In the final seconds I almost ran out of breath,’ he said, adding he survived by clinging to part of the collapsed stage.

Survivors were treated at clinics but could not return to Jakarta because road access was blocked, Yulia Dian, a manager for the band in Jakarta, told Reuters by telephone.

‘We were shocked because a lot of the people who went there took their families,’ Dian said, noting the band had been due to return to Jakarta on Sunday.

‘They’d been sharing stories they were having fun at the beach and we didn’t expect this.’ 

Twenty-nine PLN workers and relatives were killed and 13 are missing.

Women are treated on the back of a truck and IV drips hang from the cabin after the tsunami washed over islands in Indonesia

A man is consoled by a rescue worker after identifying his relative among the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia

A man holds the body of a small child wrapped in a cloth after the youngster was killed in the disaster which struck on Saturday 

Aerial shots show how buildings have been swept over as debris fills the streets and cars are crushed against one another 

The volcanic island Anak Krakatoa stands 1200ft above sea level after first emerging from the depths of the ocean in 1937 

Bodies are being carried through the streets by rescue workers who are beginning to count the cost of the devastating quake and tsunami 

Carita beach in Pandeglang was one of the worst hit areas with homes being torn down by the rushing water and cars being destroyed 

Shots from above have shown the devastation as entire buildings just metres from the sea are wiped out by a tsunami 

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