Death toll from Indonesia natural disaster and tsunami now 1,234

Death toll from Indonesia natural disaster and tsunami now 1,234

Death toll from Indonesia natural disaster and tsunami now 1,234

M - At least 832 people are confirmed to have died but that figure is expected to rise sharply as more remote areas are reached in Indonesia after a quake and tsunami struck on Friday, BBC reported.

Thousands of rescue workers have already reached the area and more than a dozen foreign nations have agreed to contribute to the ongoing rescue efforts.

The Indonesian island of Sulawesi was impacted by a monstrous natural disaster and tsunami on Friday, Sept. 28.

Powerful and shallow quakes of 6.0, 7.4 and 6.1 magnitude which were followed by a tsunami struck the province on Friday with Palu, the capital of the province, and Donggala district as the hardest-hit areas.

In a heartbreaking development Monday, the bodies of 34 schoolchildren were discovered by Indonesian Red Cross officials in a church that was buried by a landslide. But rescuers in Palu held out hope they could still save lives.

An eight-storey hotel in the city collapsed, while many people were believed trapped under shattered houses in the Balaroa neighbourhood.

Many people grabbed diapers while one man clutched a rice cooker as he headed for the door.

Almost 200,000 people have been displaced and are in need of emergency help, while thousands have been streaming out of the stricken areas.

By far, a total of 26 foreign countries and two worldwide organizations have offered relief aids to the Indonesian government, said Sutopo. ( Reuters ) Indonesian President Joko Widodo, accompanied by Central Sulawesi Governor Longki Djanggola, visits people injured by the quake and tsunami in Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia. There are more than 300,000 people living there.

Power has yet to be restored and aftershocks have rattled jangled nerves.

Chief security minister Wiranto said on Monday the government was trying to meet survivors' immediate needs and would accept offers of global help.

Indonesian authorities have announced that the bodies of the dead will be tagged and temporarily interred in a mass grave in the hills above the city, to prevent the outbreak of disease. Over 3,000 people flocked to Palu's airport on Monday, trying to board military aircraft or one of the few commercial flights leaving the airport, which has suffered severe damage. Her mother, who lives in the southern part of the island, is safe, but three cousins are missing and an uncle has stayed behind in the disaster zone to search for them.

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