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Indonesia earthquake and tsunami: Dead buried in mass grave

Volunteers have begun burying victims of Indonesia’s deadly earthquake and tsunami in a mass grave.

Friday’s disaster devastated swathes of the eastern Sulawesi island and has left at least 844 people dead.

Some remote areas have yet to be contacted, and there are fears that the death toll could rise further.

A lack of heavy lifting equipment is hampering rescuers’ attempts to reach people who remain alive in the ruins of collapsed buildings.

Dozens of people are feared to be underneath the rubble of one hotel alone, the Roa-Roa in the devastated resort of Palu.

People carry body bags into a mass grave in Palu, Indonesia. Photo: 1 October 2018
Volunteers filling a mass grave were instructed to prepare for a total of 1,300 victims to arrive. Picture credit: GETTY IMAGES

In Sigi, south of Palu, the bodies of 34 children were found at a church which was engulfed in mud and debris, Indonesia Red Cross spokeswoman Aulia Arriani was quoted as saying by Reuters.

She said the children were on a “Bible camp”.

A ship is seen stranded on the shore after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area in Wani, Donggala, Indonesia. Photo: 1 October 2018
An aerial photo of the devastation in the Donggala area, north of Palu. Pcture credit: REUTERS

Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency confirmed to the BBC that none of the country’s tsunami detector buoys were working before Sulawesi was hit.

Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the 21 floating detection units – which are connected to deep sea sensors – had been damaged by vandals or stolen.

A tsunami warning was still sent out – but it appears to have drastically underestimated the scale of the waves that would follow.

Many people in Palu did not receive alerts because of power cuts caused by the tremor. There were also no sirens located along the coast.

 

source:BBC

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