The number of dead from an earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia rose to 832 today, the national mitigation agency said. The agency said that it assessed the affected area to be bigger than initially thought. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake and the tsunami that followed hit the city of Palu, which is about 1,500 km from Jakarta, on Friday. Hundreds of people had gathered for a festival on the beach in Palu when waves as high as 18 feet smashed onshore at dusk, sweeping many to their death.
Here are the updates on the Indonesia earthquake and tsunami:
Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrives in stricken quake-tsunami zone, reports AFP.
Indonesian president Joko Widodo was expected to travel to the region to see the devastation for himself on Sunday.
In Palu city on Sunday aid was trickling in, the Indonesian military had been deployed and search-and-rescue workers were doggedly combing the rubble for survivors — looking for as many as 150 people at one upscale hotel alone.
“We managed to pull out a woman alive from the Hotel Roa-Roa last night,” Muhammad Syaugi, head of the national search and rescue agency, told AFP. “We even heard people calling for help there yesterday.”
“What we now desperately need is heavy machinery to clear the rubble. I have my staff on the ground, but it’s impossible just to rely on their strength alone to clear this.”
Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla said the final number of dead could be in the “thousands.”
Death toll from a powerful earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia touched 832.
The new toll announced by the national disaster agency was almost double the previous figure