Confirmed deaths near 2000, still more likely in Indonesia

Cheryl Sanders
October 10, 2018

But perhaps more deadly was soil liquefaction which obliterated several Palu neighborhoods. "Red Cross!" as one of the aid group's medical teams arrived and set up a makeshift clinic in a field where evacuees were sleeping under tarps. The team only had a hand drill and stopped digging as night fell.

The chanting marked the end of a day filled with prayers and more burials as many survivors leaned on their faith to help them overcome grief and confusion.

The natural disaster triggered tsunami waves that reached six meters.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a briefing in Jakarta that the search will continue for hundreds still missing, including many buried in deep mud and debris from collapsed houses and buildings.

Dozens of rescuers removed 34 bodies from one place Saturday. The report said the two were paragliding athletes taking part in an event in the area. "We need help to find them", he said. She told reporters that the government is still working out arrangements with other countries including Japan and the U.S.

He said the aircraft will be used to transport supplies and evacuate victims.

A floating hospital run by the Indonesian navy and docked in Palu has already assisted with the delivery of four babies, local media reported. Children and the elderly were starting to get sick and fuel was also in very short supply, he said.

A week after a major quake brought devastation to Indonesia's Sulawesi island, Ichsan Hidayat told how the bodies of his sister and her 43-day-old daughter were found under a sea of mud and debris, the mother clutching her baby to her chest.

"More than half of my family are gone", Hasnah said as she sobbed.

Numerous evacuees had been sleeping outdoors for days after the 7.5 magnitude quake, followed by a tsunami, that struck on the evening of September 28 (local time).

He provided the updated figure Sunday at a news conference in Jakarta.

Muhlis, whose uncle was still missing in Balaroa, said the missing and dead should be honoured respectfully.

Indonesia sits along the Pacific "Ring of Fire", the world's most tectonically active region, and its 260 million people are vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions.

SEARCH teams in Indonesia have pulled more bodies from neighbourhoods in the natural disaster and tsunami-stricken city of Palu as further worldwide aid arrived and humanitarian workers fanned out.

Traumatised survivors are desperate for help. Authorities have said villagers should only take food and that shops can be compensated later. He said security will be necessary for economic activity to resume.

An Indonesia Red Cross official works through the aftermath of an natural disaster.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has said all of the victims must be found, and the search is expected to take months.

Lt. Col. Agus Hariyanto said 100 marines landed Thursday at Palu airport and 200 more were on their way.

The quakes and the tsunami also left 2,549 people injured, with 265 people still missing.

In coordination with the Government of Indonesia, IOM is preparing to send an aid convoy from the south of the island to the north, where needs are greatest.

His wife and two daughters have swept away in the tsunami that hit Palu's seafront after the natural disaster. The death toll has topped 1500.

Powerful and shallow quakes of 6.0, 7.4 and 6.1 magnitude that triggered a tsunami devastated the province on September 28, with the hardest-hit area in Palu and adjoining Donggala district.

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