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Weekend Reads Indonesia. The death toll rises to 56 dead in the Celebes earthquake

08:40  17 january  2021
08:40  17 january  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Samedi 16 janvier, des dizaines de corps sans vie ont été retirés des décombres de bâtiments effondrés à Mamuju, la capitale provinciale. © Sigid Kurniawan / Antara Foto via REUTERS / File Photo On Saturday January 16, dozens of lifeless bodies were removed from the rubble of collapsed buildings in Mamuju, the capital provincial.

New victims were found further south of the island, where a strong aftershock was felt on Saturday morning, authorities said on Sunday.

The toll of the earthquake on the island of Celebes in Indonesia now stands at 56 dead, authorities announced on Sunday, while rescuers continued to search the rubble in search of survivors.

The magnitude 6.2 earthquake, which occurred at dawn on Friday, left thousands homeless and injured hundreds. It triggered panic among the inhabitants of the west of the island of Celebes, already devastated in 2018 by a very strong earthquake followed by a devastating tsumani which left 4,300 dead.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The death toll from an earthquake that hit Indonesia 's Sulawesi island on Friday increased to 46, media reported on Saturday, citing the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB).

Indonesia has declared a two-week state of emergency after the island of Sulawesi was hit by an earthquake and tsunami. The death toll more than doubled on

For two days, dozens of lifeless bodies have been removed from the rubble of collapsed buildings in Mamuju, the provincial capital. Other victims were found further south, where a strong aftershock was felt on Saturday morning.

Hospitals overwhelmed

Food and emergency equipment were dispatched to the island by planes and boats, and the navy sent a medical ship to supplement the hospitals still in operation, overwhelmed by the influx of wounded. If thousands of people have lost their homes, others do not want to return home, for fear of aftershocks or a tsunami like in 2018.

"It's better to take shelter in case something worse happens , explains an inhabitant of Mamuju, Abdul Wahab, who has taken refuge in a tent with his wife and four children, including a baby. "We hope that the government can quickly send us aid, food, medicine and milk for the children" , he adds.

Worried about a possible outbreak of Covid-19 in overcrowded camps, the authorities have announced that they will try to form groups of people according to the risks.

The epicenter of the magnitude 6.2 earthquake was located 36 km south of Mamuju, at a relatively shallow depth of 18 km. Landslides that followed the earthquake and heavy rains cut off access to one of the province's main roads. The airport was also damaged as well as a hotel and the seat of the governor while part of the city remains without electricity.

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