The powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake and the following tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday 28th September, has sprung its death toll up to 832, as recorded on Sunday, 30th September, amidst scarcity of food, water and looting. Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla has expressed concerns over the possibility of the final death toll concluding in the “thousands”.
Palu city saw aid arriving in the form of deployment of Indonesian C-130 military transport aircrafts carrying refreshments and search-and-rescue workers, as they scoured through rubble in hope of finding survivors. Workers are also concerned over the whereabouts of hundreds of people who had been preparing for a beach festival on Friday, when the ‘Palu tsunami’ hit and ripped apart the city’s coastline. By Saturday evening, makeshift bamboo shelters had been created by locals to avoid any further damage due to powerful aftershocks. A Facebook page was also created by survivors in hopes to find their missing family members.
Satellite images, as well as Indonesia’s Metro TV, have been showing the scale of damage that has been left behind, destroying seaports, bridges and other structures. With the rise in death toll, hospitals are experiencing heavy influx, with frequent blackouts adding to their misery. The tsunami has caused over 17,000 people to evacuate, with the government disaster agency expecting the number to soar further. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have rushed in to help the survivors and minimize casualties. President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo has assured the nation of not leaving any stone unturned towards the situation.
It was the holiest and busiest day in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country when the earthquake struck and shook up around 2.4 million people. Situated in the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone nations in the world, having experienced a 9.1-magnitude earthquake in December 2004, and the eruption of Volcano Merapi in November 2010, among others.
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