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Search and rescue continues, after Indonesia quake and tsunami kills hundreds

2018-09-30 07:21
A military cargo plane evacuted around 200 people from Palu on Sunday (September 30), prioritising those who were injured and needed further medical assistance, and those who were stranded there while visiting the coastal city due to a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami. The Hercules C-130 would fly them to Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi province, according to local media reports. More than 400 people were confirmed killed, many swept away as tsunami waves triggered by a massive earthquake crashed into the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, and authorities expected the toll to rise sharply on Sunday as news arrives from remote areas. Hundreds of people had gathered for a festival on the Palu's beach when the wall of water smashed onshore at dusk on Friday (September 28), sweeping many to their deaths and destroying anything in its path. Indonesian President Joko Widodo was scheduled to visit evacuation centres in the city on Sunday. With the death toll so far from Palu alone and reports only slowly filtering in from Donggala, a region of 300,000 people north of Palu and closer to the epicentre, authorities are bracing for worse to come. Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the toll could rise to thousands. Credit: Reuters