Indonesia after earthquake, tsunami

Reader:: Indonesia

Sunday, 30 September, 2018 12:07:22 am
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At least 384 people have been confirmed dead after a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit an Indonesian city yesterday on Friday.

Waves up to 3m (10ft) swept through Palu on Sulawesi island.

Strong aftershocks rocked the city on Saturday. Thousands of homes have collapsed, along with hospitals, hotels and a shopping center.

Indonesia’s disaster agency said, `at least 384 people had been killed, but the number is expected to rise. At least 540 have been injured, and 29 are listed as missing.’

 

 

In Palu, hundreds of people had been preparing for a beach festival that was due to start on Friday night.

Sutopo purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the agency, said, `When the threat arose yesterday, people were still doing their activities on the beach and did not immediately run and they became victims.

`The tsunami did not come by itself- it dragged cars, logs, houses- it hit everything on the land.’

Some survived by climbing 6m trees to escape the huge waves, he said.

Category : Asia

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