Over 800 dead in Indonesia quake and tsunami, toll may rise


The death toll from an earthquake and tsunami
in Indonesia has surged to more than 8-hundred,…. with authorities fearing the number could
rise further. Ro Aram has the latest. The latest death toll given by Indonesia’s
disaster agency stood at 832. However, there are many still unaccounted
for and Vice-President Jusuf Kalla estimates the final death toll could be in the thousands. Rescuers are continuing to dig through debris
with their bare hands in the city of Palu on Sulawesi Island, which was hit by waves
as high as six meters following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on Friday. There’s a desperate need for heavy equipment
to reach possible survivors buried in collapsed buildings, including an eight-story hotel
where voices were heard in the rubble. President Joko Widodo, who visited the affected
site, said more heavy machinery was on its way. “….Tomorrow morning, hopefully, the Minister
of Public Works will deploy heavy equipment from Mamuju, Gorontalo, Poso to Palu. They will hopefully arrive tonight and will
start evacuating the victims that are still in these secluded locations.” Most of the confirmed deaths were from Palu,
but officials are bracing for the toll to climb as connections with outlying areas are
restored.” Of particular concern is Donggala, a region
of 300,000 people north of Palu and close to the epicenter of the quake, which has been
cut off from communications since Friday. The Red Cross estimates that more than 1.6
million people have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Further damage is also expected as smaller
aftershocks have continued to hit the island since Friday. Ro Aram, Arirang News.

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