1,234 People Dead In Indonesia Earthquake, Tsunami

According to Indonesian authorities, the death toll on Tuesday rose to 1,234 in the 7.5-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami that hit Sulawesi island last week. A region of 300,000 people has been cut off from communications since Friday. Authorities said that "tens to hundreds" of people were by the ocean in Palu for a beach festival when the tsunami struck on Friday.

Palu on Aug 17, 2018, before a tsunami hit the area.

Many people have died and thus, the military officials had to arrange for a mass burial site.

"The are some main priorities that we must tackle and the first is to evacuate, find and save victims who've not yet been found", Widodo told a government meeting to coordinate disaster recovery efforts. Hundreds of people remain buried in mud in the Palu neighborhood of Petobo, according to the Associated Press. The organization has a drinking water business.

"Many of these children will have experienced unimaginable trauma and distress, seeing things no child should ever to have to see - losing their mother or father, and watching everything they have known washed away", said charity organisation Save the Children's Program Implementation Director Tom Howells in a statement. "This is for sure a matter of life and death for the prisoners", she said.

Local people are queuing in front of petrol stations and waiting for hours.

Residents walk past destroyed buildings in the Perumnas Balaroa village in Palu on October 2.

As per the UN Office of Disaster Risk Reduction, more than 1.6 million were affected due to the deadly quake and tsunami.

As many as 6,399 personnel are involved in the search and rescue operation, comprising 3,169 soldiers, 2,033 police personnel, 111 volunteers and 1,086 personnel from the ministries and government institutions, said Sutopo.

Residents salvage belongings after a powerful natural disaster. "My house is destroyed and I can't even give him his own funeral", said Rosmawati Binti Yahya, 52, whose husband was among those placed in the grave.

Rescuers are racing against the clock and a lack of equipment to save those still trapped in the rubble, with up to 60 people feared to be underneath one Palu hotel alone.

"There are around 30 people under the debris according to hotel records". The region is experiencing severe gas shortages, to the frustration of both rescue workers dependent on trucks and residents hoping to leave the area. "We are capable of deploying a field hospital and a full team, but the issue is logistics". "The materials that will be sent by Turkish Airlines (THY) cargo plane will land on Makassar City, the provincial capital of South Sulawesi, and then will be transferred to the disaster area", Turkish Red Crescent head Kerem Kinik told Anadolu Agency.

Meanwhile aid supplies, including water, food and fuel, are running low as roads are so damaged it's proving hard to bring them in.

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  • Leroy Wright