Pop singer’s heartbreaking tribute to wife and band killed by Indonesian tsunami – News Live


 The lead singer of an Indonesian pop group who watched his bandmates die as a tsunami ripped through their concert has today buried his wife who was killed in the audience  Riefian Fajarsyah, 35, wrote a heartbreaking tribute to his wife Dylan Sahara, 25, on Instagram today alongside a photo of him caressing her coffin  He was the only surviving member of Seventeen, who have released around six albums and has a large fan base in Muslim-majority Indonesia  Fajarsyah posted a picture of his wife alongside the caption: “How can I live without you?”  His band Seventeen were performing to a crowd of 200 people on Saturday when a 20ft wave smashed over the crowd  The horrific disaster, which took place at 9.30pm, happened a day before Dylan’s 26th birthday       bassist and another crew member.  All of their funerals were held on Monday Seventeen’s drummer, who has not been named, also died in the tragedy.  After attending funerals for two of his bandmates on Monday, Riefian’s wife’s body was identified that evening  Her funeral was held on Tuesday  Fajarsyah posted online: “Thank you guys for your prayers Only God can repay your kindness. Please send prayers for my wife Dylan so she will be at peace ”  His wife Sahara was the daughter of a well-known Indonesian politician and was running for a parliament seat in next year’s elections  Indonesian media reports that she was identified at a hospital late Monday.  The 25-year-old was an actress and TV personality in her own right  Fajarsyah continued in his online post: “She was not perfect and neither am I, but she never stopped trying to be the best wife I could not ask for more.”  The heartbreaking tribute was met with a tens of thousands of of sympathetic messages, including ones from celebrities and politicians  Indonesian singer Judika wrote online: “Deepest condolences bro. May you have strength and patience and may your wife be granted the best place alongside God ”   as the death toll reached 429.  Officials said the chances of finding people trapped were “slim” but rescue efforts would continue for 48 hours   after landslides on the erupting Anak Krakatoa volcano hit the sea ­triggering huge waves at the weekend  Around 880 homes are thought to be destroyed, with 73 hotels, 60 restaurants and 435 boats badly damaged  Amid torrential rain, rescuers are using heavy machinery, sniffer dogs, and cameras to detect and dig bodies out of mud and wreckage along 60-miles of Java’s west coast  Yusuf Latif of the national search and rescue agency said: “We are reaching more remote areas there are many victims there.”  Kunto Wijoyo, director of the Tanjung Lesung resort, helped carry some of the 106 bodies of people who died there    He said: “There were men, women and babies. I hope the authorities will consider building a dam to prevent similar disasters ” Among victims were members of boy band Seventeen on stage when a wave hit their tent  Anak Krakatoa, in the Sunda Strait, emerged in 1928 from the sunken crater of Krakatoa known for its 1883 eruption that killed more than 36,000 people  Despite the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that killed 167,000 people in Indonesia, the country still lacks proper equipment to warn of an incoming tsunami

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