Indonesian quake: Bodies found in church buried by landslide

Indonesian quake: Bodies found in church buried by landslide

Indonesian quake: Bodies found in church buried by landslide

The bodies of dozens of students have been pulled from their landslide-swamped church in Sulawesi, officials said Tuesday, as an worldwide effort to help almost 200,000 Indonesia quake-tsunami victims ground into gear.

An aerial view shows the quake and tsunami devasted neighbourhood in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018. Officials warned that the figure was likely to increase.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, told reporters on Sunday none of Indonesia's tsunami buoys, one type of instrument used to detect the waves, had been operating since 2012.

Additionally, according to Nugroho, some 50,000 people have been displaced from their homes.

President Joko Widodo on Sunday night gave the green light for his government to accept global help for urgent disaster response and relief.

Australia, Thailand, China and the United States have offered help while the European Union announced $2.2 million Cdn in immediate aid.

We are scaling up our response to reach 500,000 people with essential aid supplies like ready-to-eat food, water purification kits, and shelter packs.

"We haven't received reports from the three other areas".

A key access road had been badly damaged and was partially blocked by landslides.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) initially reported that the Filipino was safe but Orcine said they were later informed the building of BoC was destroyed by the massive temblor and tsunami that enabled the detainees to escape.

A 25-year-old woman was found alive Sunday evening in the ruins of the Roa-Roa Hotel, according to the National Search and Rescue Agency, which released photos of the her lying on a stretcher covered in a blanket. Rescuers said they heard voices and a child's cries from under the rubble.

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Novry Wullur, an officer from Indonesia's search and rescue agency, said Nurul Istiharah, 15, managed to survive after being trapped inside her house after it collapsed.

As they waited for aid Sunday, survivors took matters into their own hands, entering shops and wheeling away trolleys filled with food and water.

Haryono pored over the hotel's blueprints and building plans, searching for possible pockets and a way through to them.

Hordes of residents were seen scrambling over broken glass and through broken-down barricades at a supermarket in the centre of Palu. "No one has given us assistance, not even a glass of water!"

Media captionTsunami survivor: "I was hugging my wife, but when the wave came".

"The most challenging problem is travelling in the mud as much as 1.5 hours by foot while carrying the bodies to an ambulance", she said.

Amir Sidiq, another Balaroa resident, told Metro TV how the earth moved violently and upended houses 20 metres from their original positions. "Evacuation is hard because many collapsed houses are buried in soil", Nugroho said on Sunday evening.

Local army commander Tiopan Aritonang said 545 bodies would be brought to the grave from one hospital alone. I've been waiting for two days.

It lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and numerous world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

A powerful quake hit the region of Sulawesi on Friday, triggering a huge tsunami and wreaking havoc across communities.

He was on the scene in Indonesia's Aceh after the 2004 natural disaster and tsunami killed more than 130,000 there.

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