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Saturday 20 April 2019

Indonesia quake and tsunami death toll exceeds 840

Another 50,000 people have been displaced following the 7.5 magnitude tremor.

Rescue teams continue to search for victims in the rubble of the Roa-Roa Hotel (AP)
Rescue teams continue to search for victims in the rubble of the Roa-Roa Hotel (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Indonesia’s disaster agency said the death toll from the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the island of Sulawesi has increased slightly to 844, with another 50,000 people having been displaced by the disaster.

Most of the dead were from the city of Palu, but much is still unknown about other coastal towns that have yet to be properly assessed due to impassable roads, downed power lines and phone outages.

Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the death toll had increased by 12 from a day earlier.

The 7.5 magnitude quake struck on Friday, creating a tsunami that swept waves ashore as high as 20ft in some places.

Many buildings collapsed and rescuers are still working to free survivors.

A mass burial is being held later.

Rescuers carry an earthquake survivor at restaurant building damaged by a massive earthquakes and tsunami in Palu
(AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Rescuers carry an earthquake survivor at restaurant building damaged by a massive earthquakes and tsunami in Palu (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Rescuers evacuate an earthquake survivor by a damaged house following earthquakes and tsunami in Palu (AP Photo/Arimacs Wilander)
ndonesian President Joko Widodo walks at the damage area following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia Agus Suparto/Indonesian Presidential Office via AP
A woman cries as she waits to be evacuated by military aircraft following an earthquake and tsunami at Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport in Palu Antara Foto/Hafidz Mubarak A/via REUTERS
People make off with goods from a shop in earthquake and tsunami-devastated Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia REUTERS/Stringer
People survey the damage following a massive earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia (AP Photo/Rifki)
A woman cries as she waits to be evacuated by military aircraft at Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport in Palu. Photo: Reuters
Saved: Rescuers evacuate an earthquake survivor from a damaged house following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photo: AP
A mosque was badly damaged (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
A motorbike passes the wreckage of a car in Palu (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
People survey the damage following a massive earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Indonesia (AP Photo/Rifki)
A pile of debris is seen at a shopping mall damaged following earthquakes and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
People carry items looted from a shopping mall badly damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
A motorbike passes the wreckage of a car in Palu (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
People survey the damage of a shopping centre following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
A mosque was badly damaged (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
A motorbike passes the wreckage of a car in Palu (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
People survey the damage following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
HEARTBREAK: A man searches for his belongings among the debris of his wrecked house in Palu on Sulawesi yesterday after a wave at least 10ft high barrelled inland, killing 384 people and submerging single-storey buildings. Photo: Bay Ismoyo/Getty
A department store building was heavily damaged (AP Photo/Rifki)
People survey the damage near a shopping centre in Palu (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
People survey the damage of the shopping mall following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
People search through debris in a residential area following an earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
People survey damage outside the shopping mall following earthquakes and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

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