Tsunami, quake death toll hits 832

Tsunami, quake death toll hits 832

The Chair of Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board, Thomas Lembong, took to Twitter on Monday to announce that Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has authorized the acceptance of worldwide aid for the disaster.

"Pay attention to Donggala". "There are still a lot of unattended villages here".

Almost three days after the quake, the extent of the disaster was still not known, with the authorities bracing for the toll to climb - perhaps into the thousands - as connections with remote areas up and down the coast are restored.

A spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said none of Indonesia's tsunami buoys, one way of detecting the waves, had been working since 2012. "We need all the help we can get", he said. More recently, a powerful quake on the island of Lombok killed 505 people in August. "So, on this issue, we can not pressure them to hold much longer".

But on the ground, there's little evidence so far of the pledged aid with shipments expected to arrive in the days ahead.

Search and rescue workers evacuate an natural disaster and tsunami survivor trapped in a collapsed restaurant, Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia September 30, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto provided to Reuters.

The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) said one woman was rescued overnight in the neighborhood of Balaroa, near Palu, where houses were swallowed up when the natural disaster caused soil liquefaction.

"I was so happy, so emotional - thank god I could see her again", Azwan told AFP.

Authorities have said a navy vessel capable of taking 1,000 people at a time would help with the evacuation.

Villagers who pulled out loved ones - alive and dead - over the weekend expressed frustration that rescue teams had only reached Petobo on Monday.

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Four days after the 7.4-magnitude quake, followed by a 7m-high tsunami, wreaked havoc on Central Sulawesi, it has proved hard to reach the more than 60,000 people displaced in the provincial capital of Palu and neighbouring regencies of Donggala and Parigi Moutong.

Commercial airlines have struggled to restore operations at Palu's quake-damaged airport but military aircraft took some survivors out on Monday, while about 3,000 people thronged the airport hoping for any flight out.

As a cargo plane failed to land at Mutiara SIS Al-Jufrie Airport in Palu Sunday because the airport was overrun by hungry residents, one woman cried, "We have not eaten for three days". "We want to wait for relatives to pick them up, but we can't wait any longer".

In the residential area of Patobo, there are fears that many could have been killed when 744 homes were buried in mud, Nugroho said Monday.

This is the dramatic moment that fishermen were forced to run for their lives after a tsunami hit the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia.

Desperate survivors turned to looting shops for basics like food, water and fuel as police looked on, unwilling or unable to intervene.

President Joko Widodo told reporters in Jakarta getting those people out was a priority.

Twenty-six countries have offered assistance, including Australia, the US, South Korea, China and Singapore, and once negotiations are finalised in Jakarta more significant aid will begin to flow. "I could do nothing to help", resident Nur Indah said, with tears in their eyes. The initial funds would go to the Indonesian Red Cross for the most obvious emergency aid needs, such as tarpaulins. Those buildings that still stood near the water were ruined shells. The arches of a large yellow bridge rested in the water and eerie drone footage showed a Ferris wheel, untouched, on a beach scraped bare by the waves.

Aerial images showed the eight-floor building completely collapsed, and video posted by Nugroho to Twitter showed orange-clad responders carrying an individual on a stretcher through the rubble. He was talking to his rescuers as they took him away but his condition was not known.

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