Indonesia quake, tsunami: Toll rises to 1,234

Indonesia quake, tsunami: Toll rises to 1,234

Indonesia quake, tsunami: Toll rises to 1,234

The death toll of Indonesia's multiple quakes that triggered tsunami in Central Sulawesi province on Friday soared to 1,249 people with 799 others sustaining serious injuries, a governmental disaster official said on Tuesday.

Officials warned the death toll could rise into the thousands, as rescuers were still struggling to get into some of the hardest hit areas.

Colonel Muhammad Thohir of the Indonesian Army said that authorities need to send aid via helicopter in areas like Donggala, one of the towns most affected by the tsunami, as well as other districts which were not accessible to the rescuers.

At Poboya - in the hills above the devastated seaside city of Palu - volunteers dug a 100 metre-long grave to bury the dead, with instructions to prepare for 1,300 victims to be laid to rest.

"A total of 34 bodies were found by the team", Arriani said, adding 86 students had initially been reported missing from the Bible camp at the Jonooge Church Training Centre in Sigi Biromaru district.

"We suspect there are still some survivors trapped inside", the head of one rescue team, Agus Haryono, told Reuters at the collapsed seven-storey Hotel Roa Roa as he pored over its blueprints.

About 50 people were believed to have been caught inside the hotel when it was brought down.

Many people grabbed diapers while one man clutched a rice cooker as he headed for the door. Now the group will reconvene to find ways to help victims of this latest disaster recover, too.

Quake and tsunami-hit Indonesia starts burying its dead and asks for global help after Friday's disaster left over 800 people dead and displaced tens of thousands.

"We don't know for sure what is the impact", said the disaster management agency spokesperson.

Photo taken on October 2, 2018 shows debris of houses in Petobo village after quake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. According to news agencies, more than 1200 people are dead now.

The tsunami was bigger than would have been expected from an natural disaster of the size and type that shook the area.

Power has yet to be restored and aftershocks have rattled jangled nerves. Over 3,000 people flocked to Palu's airport on Monday, trying to board military aircraft or one of the few commercial flights leaving the airport, which has suffered severe damage.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Tuesday that his government had given $360,000 to help victims and was in talks with Indonesian authorities about a second round of aid.

Jakarta Post correspondent Andi Hajramurni says, "I ran into a mother and her child at the airport who asked me to share some of my water with her child".

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