384 killed as quake, tsunami hit Indonesia
JAKARTA: A large number of bodies were found on Saturday along the shoreline of the Indonesian city of Palu on Sulawesi island which was hit by a major earthquake and tsunami, as the death toll rose to 384 people with 540 injured, authorities said.
Strong aftershocks continued to rock the coastal city on Saturday morning after waves up to three metres (9.8 feet) high swept through the scenic tourist town, triggered by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on land.
“Many bodies were found along the shoreline because of the
tsunami, but the numbers are still unknown,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesperson of Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency
BNPB said in news briefing in Jakarta. Hundreds of people who were preparing for a beach festival to celebrate Palu’s anniversary were unaccounted for, he said.
The festival was due to start Friday night. Amateur footage shown by local TV stations, which could not immediately be authenticated by Reuters, showed waters crashing into houses along Palu’s shoreline, scattering shipping containers and flooding into a mosque in the city.