Indonesia earth­quake: Huge surge in death toll

Daily Nation Newspaper - - WORLD -

AT LEAST 832 peo­ple were killed in the dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake and tsunami that hit the In­done­sian is­land of Su­lawesi, the na­tional disas­ter agency says. It added that the af­fected area was big­ger than ini­tially thought. Many peo­ple were re­ported trapped in the rub­ble of build­ings that col­lapsed in Fri­day's 7.5-mag­ni­tude earth­quake, agency spokesman Su­topo Purwo Nu­groho told a news con­fer­ence. The quake trig­gered tsunami waves as high as 6m (20ft), he added. Res­cuers have been dig­ging by hand in the fran­tic search for sur­vivors in the city of Palu. "What we now des­per­ately need is heavy ma­chin­ery to clear the rub­ble. I have my staff on the ground, but it's im­pos­si­ble just to rely on their strength alone to clear this," Muham­mad Syaugi, head of the na­tional search-an­dres­cue agency, told AFP news agency. There have also been con­cerns about the town of Dong­gala, where the im­pact is still un­clear.

Peo­ple are trapped in the rub­ble of build­ings

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