Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Indonesia tsunami: Death toll rises to over 1,200

People look at the damages after an earthquake

People look at the damages after an earthquake and a tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. PHOTO | MUHAMMAD RIFKI | AFP)  

By Daily Nation

The number of people known to have died in Indonesia in Friday's earthquake and tsunami has risen to more than 1,200, the country's disaster response agency says.

The death toll jumped on Tuesday from a previous confirmed figure of 844.

DESPERATION

The 7.5-magnitude quake struck just off the central island of Sulawesi, setting off a tsunami that engulfed the coastal city of Palu.

People there are growing increasingly desperate for food, fuel and water.

There are fears some survivors may still be trapped under the rubble of buildings.

'VOLLEY OF SHOTS, TEAR GAS'

Everyone we meet in Palu is focused on trying to get basic goods for their families. All normal services in the town have broken down and there's little