Indonesian Meteorology Department authorities have been accused of not issuing earthquake and tsunami warnings on time.
Indonesian people have told media that the warnings were lifted before the waves hit the coast and therefore, the damage increased.
A strong earthquake measuring 7.5 magnitude in Richter scale hit Indonesia’s Sulawesi island and 408 people have died. 500 people were injured and 29 people were disappeared.
Meteorology department had stated that due to the tsunami, triggered by the earthquake, waves rose up to 3 meters.
People living in the Palu area have been affected by 7-foot-high waves. They have been preparing for festivals in the island, and usually it’s a busy area. Its population is around 335,000.
Immediate relief services have been launched, and health services are also contributing to assist people.
Many buildings including churches, houses and shops were completely destroyed due to the earthquake and tsunami, and the road system has also been damaged.
Over 460 people died in the earthquakes that hit Indonesia’s Lombok Island in August last year.
In 2004, due to a tsunami that was triggered by an earthquake near Sumatra, Indonesia, approximately 226,000 people died in the Indian Ocean region, and 120,000 people were Indonesian citizens.
Photos - GRANT DOTULONG,AFP,EPA,REUTERS