Sulawesi quake-tsunami death toll hits 1,203

JAKARTA: The death toll from Friday’s earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia climbed to 1,203 as of Monday afternoon, reported Xinhua.

The figure is based on reports released by the Disaster Management Institute of Indonesia, Care for Humanity and Humanity Data Centre and accounts for victims in the provincial capital of Palu and Donggala district, but does not include the dead from the two other badly-affected districts, namely Parigi Mountong and North Mamuju.

The data was obtained from four hospitals and three villages, one sub-district and one police station, as well as one mosque in Palu city and Donggala district.

Powerful and shallow under-earthquakes with magnitudes of 6.0, 7.4 and 6.1 devastated the province on Friday, with the hardest-hit area being Palu and the Donggala district.

A total of 215 aftershocks have stricken the province so far.

A three-metre high tsunami devastated coastal areas near Talisa beach in Palu city and Donggala district 30 minutes after the 7.5 earthquake on Friday, the meteorology and geophysics agency said.


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