Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Death toll from Indonesia natural disaster and tsunami now 1,234

A resident sifts through debris past the rubble of a mosque in Palu Indonesia's Central Sulawesi following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami A resident sifts through debris past the rubble of a mosque in Palu Indonesia's Central Sulawesi following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami
Faye Gross | 02 October, 2018, 13:11

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo authorized the acceptance of worldwide help, Nugroho said, adding that generators, heavy equipment and tents were among the most-needed items.

The grave in Palu, a hard-hit city in Central Sulawesi province, was prepared for more than 300 bodies initially.

The official death toll surged to 1,234, the national disaster agency said.

The mass prison break happened after the powerful tremor sparked a wall of water that devastated the small city of Palu Friday.

Rescuers evacuate an quake survivor by a damaged house following earthquakes and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. In regions like Palu where the natural disaster and tsunami source are very close, education is the most effective warning system. "We will start the mass burial of victims, to avoid the spread of disease".

More burials are expected to follow.

Dozens of people are feared to be underneath the rubble of one hotel alone, the Roa-Roa in the devastated resort of Palu.

Two survivors have been plucked from the rubble of the 80-room Hotel Roa-Roa, the search and rescue agency said, and there could still be more alive.

Desperation was evident across Palu, a city of more than 380,000 people on the island of Sulawesi.

"There was a fear of the crowd mobbing the plane; people are so desperate for aid", the representative said.

"The government, the President have come here, but what we really need is food and water".

Multiple failures: Although text message alerts were sent to warn locals of the approaching tsunami, the earlier quake had brought down power and communication lines around the area, meaning alerts were never received.

Nugroho said 799 people are severely injured.

Adi told AFP he was hugging his wife by the beach in Palu when the tsunami struck, and has not seen her since.

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The organization's chairman, Andi Mulhanan Tambolotutu, said on Monday that all residents were allowed to get clean water from Yaskum Indonesia. "I was carried about 50 metres". "I bought some fish", the Post's correspondent Ruslan Sangadji, who is also a survivor of the quake, said Monday.

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the final number of dead could be in the "thousands" as many regions have still not been reached.

Others have focused their search for loved ones around open-air morgues, where the dead lay in the baking sun - waiting to be claimed, waiting to be named.

"We will send food today, as much as possible with several aircraft", Widodo told reporters in the capital of Jakarta. "'Just a little, enough for my child" Hajramurni quoted the mother as saying to her.

A Lippo Group truck preparing to transport food and clothing from Makassar to Palu on Sunday.

In Balaroa, a Palu suburb once home to a housing complex, the scale of the damage was obvious.

As dire as the situation in Palu is, it was at least clear.

Thousands of desperate people, mostly women and children, have swarmed the airport in the Indonesian city of Palu in a failed bid to push their way onto an Indonesian Air Force plane days after a powerful quake and tsunami devastated the city.

"When it shook really hard, we all ran up into the hills", a man identified as Iswan said. Nugroho, bemoaning a fall in funding, said none of Indonesia's tsunami buoys, one type of instrument used to detect the waves, had been operating since 2012. All were accounted for except one Belgian, one South Korean and six French.

A collapsed bridge is pictured in Palu, in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, on October 1, 2018.

Five days on from the first tsunami waves crashing into the city, bodies of victims remain unburied on the side of the roads.

"We are acting fast to channel emergency aid to those most affected in Indonesia".

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelagic nation with more than 17,000 islands, lies on the Pacific's "Ring of Fire", where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are frequent as a result of movements of tectonic plates.

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