This week brought along with it a fatal chain of events for Indonesia when a massive 3-meter high tsunami, triggered by an earthquake of magnitude of about 7.5, hit two of its central cities. Reports revealed that the tsunami swept away major portion of the cities as it engulfed everyone who came its way and dumped the victims. In its rampage, it ended up pulverizing a huge bridge.
Rescuers had a tough time locating the stuck victims among the rubble that damaged roads had created. It is said that in one of the hard-hit cities of Palu, around thousand people had gathered to celebrate a beach festival oblivious of the fateful tsunami. It led to the death toll in Palu to rise to a whopping 384, as per Disaster agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. Palu is built around a narrow bay which aggravated the damage caused by the tsunami. There was a man carrying a dead child across the flooded road, many people were stuck in the debris of old buildings and a huge mosque collapsed into a shopping mall.
Things were no better in the city of Donggala where a massive bridge collapsed. A video recorded on a smartphone went viral among the Indonesian media wherein a wave could be seen hitting the city of Palu and causing damage to the shopping mall and the mosque. No communication can be made in an effective manner with the area due to the severed telecommunication lines. Sutopo has informed that the runway and control tower for essential aircraft is damaged, nevertheless it can be landed at Palu airport through AirNav. President Joko Widodo has said that country’s military is at work with its rescue operations. UN has also extended help and support, as per UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric. Indonesia last suffered from a massive earthquake on 5th August, when 505 people died on the island of Lombok. It is an earthquake-prone country due to its geographical location in the Pacific Basin.
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