At Least 384 Killed in Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami, Bodies in streets

At least 384 individuals were killed, several swept away by large waves as they played on the beach, when a serious earthquake and tsunami hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, authorities said on Sat.

Hundreds had gathered for a festival on the beach of the town of Palu on Fri when waves up to 6 metres (18 feet) high smashed toward land just on dusk, sweeping many to their death and destroying anything in their path.

Indonesian media, citing national disaster agency, says death toll from Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami rises to 384. an MFAT representative says they have no info at this stage to recommend that any New Zealanders have been affected.

When the tidal wave threat arose yesterday, people were still doing their activities on the beach and didn’t immediately run and they became victims, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesperson of Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency BNPB said in news informing in Jakarta.

Disaster agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said 383 people have died in the hard-hit city of Palu alone, Indonesian TV reported. He told a news conference earlier nowadays four hospitals in Palu rumored tons of were additionally contusioned.

He earlier said the fate of “tens to hundreds” of individuals involved in a very beach festival in Palu when the tsunami struck was unknown.

Nugroho earlier said four hospitals within the city of Palu according 48 people dead, though said “many victims” are still unaccounted for, according to The Associated Press.
The news agency said a newsman saw “numerous bodies in a hard-hit city,” that “was strewn with debris from collapsed buildings.”

The coastline has been wasted in central Sulawesi where the 3-meter high tsunami triggered by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake on Fri smashed into 2 cities and several other settlements. Mr Nugroho said the tsunami hit Palu, the capital of central Sulawesi province, also as the smaller city of Donggala and several and several other other coastal settlements

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