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Indonesian president visits areas hit by earthquake

2018-10-01 02:07
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Sunday (September 30) visited Palu, a coastal city on Sulawesi island, hit by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that triggered a tsunami with waves as high as 20 feet (six metres) two days ago. The toll from the quake and tsunami soared on Sunday to 832 confirmed dead, with authorities fearing it will rise as rescuers struggle to reach outlying communities cut off from communication and help. In front of media and local community members, Widodo said the government will ensure improvement to damaged facilities, heavy equipment delivery, fuel supply and better communication, so that the rehabilitation and reconstruction stages can begin immediately. Reports are filtering in from outlying areas like Donggala, a region of 300,000 people north of Palu and closer to the epicentre of the quake, as well as two other districts. Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the toll could rise into the thousands. Credit: Reuters