Tsunami devastates city
A TSUNAMI which hit two central Indonesian cities swept away buildings and destroyed a bridge, dumping victims caught in its relentless path across a devastated landscape that rescuers were struggling to reach, hindered by damaged roads and broken communications.
A disaster agency spokesman said 384 people died in Palu alone.
Earlier, he said the fate of “tens to hundreds” of people involved in a beach festival in Palu when the tsunami struck was unknown.
The 10ft (3m) tsunami was triggered by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake and smashed into two cities and several settlements at dusk on Friday.
Palu, which has a pop- Indonesian men walk past the wreckage of a car following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Indonesia ulation of more than 380,000, was strewn with debris from collapsed buildings.
A shopping mall was reduced to a crumpled hulk, while bodies lay partially covered by tarpaulin and a man carried a dead child through the wreckage.
The coastal city of Palu is built around a narrow bay which apparently magnified the force of the tsunami water as it raced into the tight inlet.
In the nearby city of Donggala, home to nearly 300,000 people, a large bridge with yellow arches that spanned a coastal river collapsed.