Indonesia Tsunami and Earthquake death toll continues to rise


Photo from BBC News.

On Friday afternoon, a series of earthquakes began to shake the city of Palu, Indonesia. Shortly after, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and a tsunami that unleashed an 18 foot wave wreaked havoc on parts of Palu and the surrounding areas. On the morning of October 1st, authorities raised the death toll past 840. The next morning, the death toll was higher than 1,340. This number is expected to climb even higher.

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An estimated 2.4 million people have been affected by this disaster. According to CNN, approximately 600 people have been hospitalized and more than 48,000 people have been displaced. Entire homes and villages have been destroyed, as well as roads and bridges.

Tsunamis and earthquakes are not uncommon for Indonesia due to its location in the Ring of Fire, prompting many people to wonder why Indonesian residents were not warned sooner of these disasters. It was revealed that the buoys that are meant to monitor incoming tsunamis have not been in use for six years.

Many heavily populated areas are still cut off from assistance, and rescue workers lack the tools to reach people trapped in the wreckage. Rescuers have resorted to digging through the rubble with their bare hands. Mass graves are being built in Palu, where bodies are still being pulled out of the wreckage.

The situation is dire for many survivors due to lack of food and running water. Roads in Palu are blocked and airports have shut down, leaving people stranded and desperate.

On Tuesday, Red Cross sent a package of supplies for Indonesia from Jakarta. According to BBC, various countries have also begun to provide aid for Indonesia, including Australia and the United Sates.

Also on Tuesday, a second 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck, shaking the island of Sumba in the east of Indonesia. School children and residents were filmed fleeing buildings and their homes; however, there have been no reports of injuries.

Hopefully the remaining survivors will be found and rescued, and more countries will become involved in aiding Indonesia.