Indonesia: Quake-tsunami casualties exceed 1,500
Updated : Saturday, October 06, 2018 10:28 AM (GMT+0700)

Indonesiaannounced on October 5 the death toll from a powerful earthquake and tsunamithat struck the country’s Central Sulawesi province a week ago has swollen to1,558.

Rescue members transfer a body at a collapsed hotel in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.
- Photo: Xinhua/ VNA

As rescue and recoveryefforts continue, power supply has been restored in some areas while many shopshave re-opened.

According to the IndonesianNational Disaster Mitigation Agency, 113 people are still unaccounted for andthe number of people displaced reached 70,821.

Palu, the capital of CentralSulawesi, and the nearby coastal town of Donggala are the two worst-hit areaswhich saw most of the deaths after bearing the brunt of the tsunami waves up to6 metres high.

As many survivors stilldesperately wait for basic supplies and other kinds of help, many shops,minimarts and even vehicles carrying humanitarian assistance have been looted.

The Indonesian Red Cross(PMI) said people can access the Restoring Family Links (RFL) website or visitits office in Palu to submit reports of missing relatives.

The website allows people toindependently fill out digital forms to let others know that they are alive,and/or to inform the public of missing relatives. 

Central Sulawesi was ravagedby two devastating quakes measuring 6.1 and 7.5 on the Richter scale onSeptember 28. The second was followed by giant tsunami waves on the afternoonof the same day, destroying thousands of houses and roads.

The United Nations said thatnearly 200,000 Indonesians, including tens of thousands of children, are inneed of urgent aid.

Indonesia is frequentlystruck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its locationon the "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in thePacific Basin.

A series of earthquakes inJuly and August killed nearly 500 people on the holiday island of Lombok,hundreds of kilometres southwest of Sulawesi.

In December 2004, a massive9.1-magnitude earthquake off the northern Indonesian island of Sumatratriggered a tsunami across the Indian Ocean countries, killing 220,000 peoplein 13 countries, including more than 168,000 in Indonesia.


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