Rescuers search for survivors after quake, tsunami

Rescuers search for survivors after quake, tsunami

Rescuers search for survivors after quake, tsunami

"Every minute an ambulance brings in bodies".

The Palu area was hit by a less powerful quake earlier Friday, which destroyed some houses, killed one person and injured at least 10 in Donggala, authorities said.

Dozens remain missing, some thought to be trapped in the debris of collapsed buildings in the city of Palu.

Nugroho tweeted that Indonesia's military has been mobilized to assist search and rescue teams.

A young woman was pulled alive from the rubble of the Roa Roa Hotel, the news website reported.

"We tried to find shelter, but then I heard people shouting, 'Water!"

"We need tents, medicines, medical personnel, tarpaulins, blankets and more of other things", he said.

- 2004: A major quake on the western coast of Indonesia's Aceh province in northern Sumatra on December 26 triggered a tsunami that struck 14 countries, killing 226,000 people along Indian Ocean coastline, more than half of them in Aceh. "Hoping all our brothers and sisters there staying calm and safe".

Indonesian President Joko Widodo was scheduled to visit evacuation centres in the city on Sunday.

A man carries the body of a child who was killed in the tsunami in Palu, Indonesia, Sept. 29, 2018. Authorities are urging residents to leave home and sleep away from buildings since there are risks of aftershocks.

Nugroho has said that essential aircraft can land at Palu airport's, though AirNav, which oversees aircraft navigation, said the runway was cracked and the control tower damaged.

At least 540 people had been badly injured, an official of Jakarta's national disaster agency said, as hospitals struggled to cope with the influx of casualties. There were widespread power blackouts.

"Those long hours on the road are going to mean hours lost getting assistance to people who need it in the next few days", she added.

"We are having difficulty deploying heavy equipment to find victims under the rubble of buildings because numerous roads leading to Palu city are damaged".

A smartphone video circulating on the social media showed a powerful wave hitting Palu with people screaming and fleeing in panic. "There are a lot of people also living in remote communities who are hard to reach" Jan Gelfand, head of the International Red Cross in Indonesia, tells CNN.

"We have detected (mobile phone) signals from inside the mall, and we are trying to find a way to get to them", Basarnas official Agus Haryono told reporters at the site.

Images showed a double-arched yellow bridge had collapsed with its two metal arches twisted as cars bobbed in the water below. A bridge was washed away and the main highway to Palu was cut off due to a landslide.

Friday's tremor was also felt in the far south of the island in its largest city Makassar and on neighbouring Kalimantan, Indonesia's portion of Borneo island.

The Red Cross estimates that more than 1.6 million people in total could have been affected by the disasters.

The initial quake struck as evening prayers were about to begin in the world's biggest Muslim majority country on the holiest day of the week, when mosques are especially busy.

The waves pounded several countries around the Indian Ocean, killing more than 170,000 in Indonesia alone, the vast majority in Aceh province.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because of its location on the "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

Indonesia has been hit by a string of other deadly quakes including a devastating 9.1-magnitude natural disaster that struck off the coast of Sumatra in December 2004.

Palu was hit by tsunami in 1927 and 1968, according to the National Agency for Disaster Countermeasure.

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