Tsunami dev­as­tates city

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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.

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