At least 384 dead in Indonesian earthquakes and tsunami
At least 384 people are confirmed dead and 540 are injured after a tsunami, caused by two earthquakes in quick succession, ripped through the Pacific Ring of Fire and crashed into an Indonesian coast city on Friday.
Indonesian media, citing the national disaster agency, said Saturday that almost 400 people had died in Palu City alone, on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
Fears are mounting for the fishing town of Donggala, which was closer to the epicenter of the quake, but which rescuers have not been able to reach.
The town of Mamuju was also severely affected but currently impossible to access due to damaged roads and disrupted telecommunications.
The death toll could climb in the coming days, Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho warned.
“It is not just the people in the large urban areas. There are a lot of people also living in remote communities who are hard to reach” Jan Gelfand, head of the International Red Cross in Indonesia, said.