Eleven drown in Indonesia performing beach ritual

Jakarta: Eleven people were killed after being swept by tidal waves into the sea from the southern coast of Indonesia’s East Java province on Sunday, said a disaster management official. The accident occurred on Sunday when 23 people were conducting a traditional ritual at the Payangan beach in Jember district, Head of Operation Unit of the Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency in East Java Budi Santosa said. “Suddenly, tidal waves came and swept them into the sea. It was at the southern coast of Java island, and the waves are huge. They had been forbidden to do such activity,” he said. Twelve others survived the accident, he added. 

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