Queen Elizabeth II,  King Harald V, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima are among the world leaders and heads of state sending condolence messages to the President of Indonesia following the recent Tsunami.

The tsunami struck Indonesia, without any warning, on 22 December, leaving thousands homeless when waves destroyed homes and a concert venue on coastal areas of western Java and southern Sumatra.

Over 400 had lost their lives and at least 128 are said to be missing.

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake occurred less than 24 hours later, about 23 kilometres off Tiku in the Sunda Strait.

Recent volcanic activity around Anak Krakatoa volcano, including landslides, could have been the cause of the tsunami and the earthquake.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: The Royal Family

The Queen has sent the following message to the President of Indonesia and the Indonesian people on Christmas Eve, 24 December 2018.

Prince Philip and I were deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life following the devastating Tsunami in Indonesia.

We send our sincere condolences to all who have lost loved ones, and those whose homes and livelihoods have been affected.

I pay tribute to the courage and dedication of the emergency services and the volunteers that are providing support.

Elizabeth R

King Harald V

Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs, Det kongelige hoff

Like Queen Elizabeth, King Harald also sent his condolences to Joko Widodo on 24 December.

Your Excellency,

I was deeply saddened to hear the news of the volcanic eruption at Anak Krakatau and the tsunami that struck the Sunda Strait on Saturday 22 December, yet again causing tragic loss of life and much physical damage and destruction in your country.

On behalf of myself and the Norwegian people I send you my condolences, and ask you to convey my deepest sympathies to those bereaved and to those otherwise afflicted by these tragic events.

Harald R

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima

Photo: Het Koninklijk Huis

The Dutch King and Queen posted their message on Twitter on Sunday, 23 December 2018.

The tsunami which struck coastal areas on both sides of the Sunda Strait so suddenly on Saturday evening has claimed many lives. Our thoughts are with all the families who have been affected and with the rescue teams who are working to save as many lives as possible.

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