Christians called to pray for relief workers responding to Indonesian disaster

Cheryl Sanders
October 4, 2018

The toll in the aftermath of the quake and tsunami that hit Indonesia's Sulawesi island last week went up to 1,234 on Tuesday, Reuters quoted an official of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency as saying.

Indonesian authorities scrambled on Monday to get aid and rescue equipment into quake-hit Sulawesi island, and prepared to bury some of the at least 832 dead, while the government said it would accept global help for disaster relief.

Rescuers are yet to reach many affected areas, leading to fears the death toll could rise again.

Indonesia's disaster response agency warned the death toll could climb higher as the affected area on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi is bigger than initially thought.

Christians called to pray for relief workers responding to Indonesian disaster

Most of the confirmed dead have been in the small city of Palu, 1,500 kilometers northeast of Jakarta.

The bodies of more than 30 children who were attending a Christian Bible camp on a northern Indonesian island were discovered Monday amid wreckage brought to the region by Friday's magnitude 7.5 natural disaster and ensuing tsunami, a Red Cross spokesperson told ABC News.

"The latest number of the dead is 1, 234 but minutes ago we got information that rescuers had found 31 more victims from the ruins of Roa Roa Hotel, 15 of them are dead", he told a press conference. Thousands are still believed to be trapped underneath rubble after last week's quake and tsunami on the Indonesia island of Sulawesi.

Almost 50,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Palu alone, Mr Nugroho said, and hospitals were overwhelmed.

By far, a total of 26 foreign countries and two worldwide organizations have offered relief aids to the Indonesian government, said Sutopo.

"The United States will provide initial assistance and continue to work with the government of Indonesia and our Mission in Indonesia to determine how best to respond", a U.S. State Department official said Tuesday.

Aftershocks have rattled jangled nerves.

At least 152 people are still being buried under debris or wreckage of buildings, a Spokesman for National Disaster Management Agency, Sutopo Nugroho said.

Before-and-after satellite pictures show a largely built-up neighborhood just south of Palu's airport seemingly wiped clean of all signs of life by liquefaction.

Authorities had to bury more than 150 bodies in a mass grave in the city of Palu.

Indonesian rescue workers have discovered the bodies of 34 students killed when a mudslide caused by Friday's quake on Sulawesi island engulfed their church, a local rescue official said.

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