The powerful waves washed away popular seaside areas frequented by local and foreign tourists, sweeping over coastal settlements and leaving behind a trail of destruction.
The latest death toll stands at 429 people, with more than 1,400 injured and another 128 missing. Thousands more have been displaced and forced to seek shelter in temporary camps.
Saturday’s tsunami was Indonesia’s third major natural disaster in just a few months. In July and August, major earthquakes on Lombok island killed hundreds of people, while in September, a devastating earthquake-tsunami left more than 2,000 others in Palu on Sulawesi island dead.
It also came just a few days before the 14th anniversary of the December 26, 2004 tsunami, one of the deadliest disasters in history that claimed the lives of some 220,000 people in several countries around the Indian Ocean, more than half of whom were Indonesians.