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The Singer Of An Indonesian Band Paid A Tearful Tribute To Band Members Swept Away By The Tsunami

Three members of the Indonesian pop group Seventeen were killed by a tsunami wave that swept through the venue where the band played on Saturday night.

Last updated on December 23, 2018, at 6:05 p.m. ET

Posted on December 23, 2018, at 4:15 p.m. ET

The lead singer of the Indonesian pop band Seventeen posted a tearful video on Instagram after three members of the band were killed by a tsunami wave that crashed through the venue where the band played on Saturday.

“We lost our bassist Bani and our road manager Oki,” Riefian Fajarsyah said, according to HuffPost.

Fajarsyah said three members of the band and his wife are still missing. It was later reported that the band's guitarist was also killed during the tsunami.

“The rest are thankfully safe although suffering from injuries and broken bones," he said. "Please pray so my wife Dylan, Andi, and Herman and Ujang can be found soon.”

On Monday, Riefian Fajarsyah posted a photo of his wife, writing in Indonesian it was her birthday and asking for her return.

The band was performing Saturday night when a wave unexpectedly and suddenly crashed through the venue. At least 222 people are dead and more than 800 people were injured after the tsunami struck Pandeglang, Serang, and South Lampung in Indonesia. Dozens of people are still missing.

Indonesian officials said the tsunami may have been caused by underwater landslides from a volcanic island that were detected shortly before the tidal wave hit.

Indonesia has been pummeled by several natural disasters over the past year, including an earthquake and tsunami that hit the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi and killed more than 2,500 people.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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