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Indonesia: Around 384 killed after earthquake, Tsunami hits Indonesia; death toll likely to rise

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 29 September 2018, 14:14 IST

A powerful quake struck down Indonesia killing around 400 people followed by Tsunami barrelling into the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, officials said Saturday. Hospitals across the region were struggling to handle hundreds of injured and rescuers struggled to reach to the people stuck.

The national disaster agency on Saturday put the official death toll so far at 384. All the deceased were from tsunami-struck Palu. However, the officials have also warned the death toll are likely to rise.

In the city, where around 350,000 people lived had witnessed partially covered bodies lay on the ground near the shore, the day after tsunami waves 1.5 metres (five feet) came ashore.

Several people were treated in an open air after hospitals were overwhelmed by the growing number of injured while other survivors helped to retrieve the remains of those who died. One man was seen carrying the muddy corpse of a small child.

"I just ran when I saw the waves hitting homes on the coastline," said Palu resident Rusidanto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

Here are some heartwrenching pictures and videos of the earthquake and Tsunami struck Indonesia:

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First published: 29 September 2018, 14:11 IST
 
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