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384 killed in Indonesia quake, tsunami

02 October, 2018, 21:01 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • A house sits damaged after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Donggala central Sulawesi Indonesia

Agency chief Willem Rampangilei says the grave will be 10 meters by 100 meters (33 feet by 330 feet) in size, and can be expanded if needed.

The majority of Palu's inhabitants are Muslim. "I assure all help from India to Indonesia to combat the disasters", Swaraj said. A 25-year-old woman was found alive during the evening in the ruins of the Roa-Roa Hotel, according to the National Search and Rescue Agency, which released photos of the her lying on a stretcher covered in a blanket. He said that could have triggered the tsunami, which also could have been created by an underwater landslide. "People here need aid - food, drink, clean water".

Pope Francis has led the faithful in prayer for the people of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi hit by a strong quake and tsunami. Officials had estimated about 50 people could be inside.

"We have not received comprehensive reports yet because communications are cut".

Experts said the long, narrow bay running into Palu, a city of 380,000, squeezed the tsunami into a tight space, likely making the waves more unsafe.

But Danny Hilman Natawidjaja, a geologist with the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, said the Sulawesi event is more complicated.

"There are several health facilities and hospitals in Palu". More than 830 people have been confirmed dead, a lot of them in Palu.

Jokowi said Sunday in the hard-hit Sulawesi island city of Palu that the city's airport "is not 100 percent ready for landing".

The official deathtoll arrived to 844, but thousands more are feared to be dead. The other tragedy is that more than 48,000 have been forced to leave their houses and telecommunications are still not working. Another 11 people are confirmed dead in the regency of Donggala.

PALU, Indonesia-The toll from an natural disaster and tsunami in Indonesia soared on Sunday to 832 confirmed dead, with authorities fearing it will only climb as rescuers struggle to reach outlying communities cut off from communications and help.

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Nugroho said 61 foreigners were in Palu at the time of the disaster. Three visitors from France and one from Malaysia are missing. The survivors were to be evacuated to the Sulawesi city of Makassar in the island's far south.

Earlier authorities had put the death toll at 384.

The Red Cross said it had heard nothing from the Donggala region.

The regencies of Donggala, Sigi and Parigi Moutong - with combined populations of 1.2 million - had yet to be fully assessed.

The tsunami was triggered by a strong quake that brought down buildings and sent locals fleeing for higher ground as a churning wall of water crashed into Palu, where there were widespread power blackouts. Residents were also seen making their way back to badly damaged homes to try to pick through whatever belongings they could salvage to take away.

A British quake expert has now warned there may be more devastating earthquakes to come.

When the building's roof collapsed, Agung jumped from the tower. The owner of the hotel said that up to 60 people were believed trapped in the rubble.

The death stood at 405 on Sunday, but that was expected to rise as rescuers made it to hard-to-reach areas on the island of Sulawesi.

Dozens of injured people were being treated in makeshift medical tents set up outdoors.

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