Indonesia earthquake and tsunami: death toll rises to 832, 1.6 million affected - Lanka News Web (LNW)

Indonesia earthquake and tsunami: death toll rises to 832, 1.6 million affected

 Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency says that the number of people died in the earthquake and tsunami near Indonesia’s Sulawesi island has risen to 832.

 Foreign media say that the damage is more serious than initial estimations.

The authorities believe that a large number of people are trapped under the remains of collapsed buildings.

Lives of many people who were trapped under collapsed buildings have been saved with the support of prompt emergency services.

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According to foreign media, the damage experienced by Dongala city still remains unclear.

According to the Red Cross, approximately 1.6 million people have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Strong aftershocks have worsened the damage.

Rescue teams have been able to save 24 people trapped in the wreckage of a hotel in Palu.

President Joko Vidodo went to Palu, and observed the damage faced by Talise beach and other tourist areas.

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Commenting on the disaster situation, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla stated that the death toll could rise up to one thousand.

Last Friday, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Palu in Indonesia’s Sulawesi island. The meteorology department was accused of failing to issue tsunami warnings properly.

Photos - REUTERS,AFP,GETTY IMAGES,EPA

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