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World Indonesia hunts for survivors as quake death toll hits 56

05:30  17 january  2021
05:30  17 january  2021 Source:   msn.com

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The death toll from a powerful earthquake on Indonesia 's Sulawesi island has jumped to 56 , authorities said Sunday, with thousands left homeless as rescuers raced to find anyone still alive under mountains of rubble. Hospitals were overrun with hundreds of injured after the 6.2-magnitude quake

JAKARTA (Reuters) - At least 56 people have been killed after an earthquake struck Indonesia 's West Sulawesi province on Friday, the disaster mitigation Dwikorita Karnawati, the head of Indonesia 's meteorological, climatology and geophysical agency (BMKG), has said that another quake in the

The death toll from a powerful earthquake on Indonesia's Sulawesi island has jumped to 56, authorities said Sunday, with thousands left homeless as rescuers raced to find anyone still alive under mountains of rubble.

Authorities in Indonesia are searching for survivors and bodies after a deadly earthquake on Sulawesi island © ADEK BERRY Authorities in Indonesia are searching for survivors and bodies after a deadly earthquake on Sulawesi island

Hospitals were overrun with hundreds of injured after the 6.2-magnitude quake struck in the early hours of Friday, triggering panic among residents of the island, which was hit by a 2018 quake-tsunami disaster that killed thousands.

a pile of luggage sitting on top of a building: Hospitals were overrun with hundreds of injured after the 6.2-magnitude quake © ADEK BERRY Hospitals were overrun with hundreds of injured after the 6.2-magnitude quake

Rescuers have spent days hauling corpses from beneath crumpled buildings in Mamuju, a city of 110,000 people in West Sulawesi province, where a hospital was flattened and a shopping mall lay in ruins.

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Rescuers scrambled to find buried survivors Saturday after a powerful earthquake on Indonesia 's Sulawesi island killed dozens, injured hundreds and left more feared trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings. At least 45 people died after the 6.2-magnitude quake struck in the early hours of Friday

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a person standing next to a pile of dirt: Thousands have been left homeless after the quake © Hariandi Hafid Thousands have been left homeless after the quake

Others were killed south of the city.

The official death toll stood at 56 -- up from 46 on Saturday -- but the count could still climb.

Aerial images from the devastated seaside city showed buildings reduced to a tangled mass of twisted metal and chunks of concrete, including the regional governor's office.

It was unclear how many more bodies could be under the debris, or if there was anyone still trapped but alive more than two days after the disaster.

Authorities have not given a figure for how many survivors have been rescued.

A pair of young sisters plucked from under the mass of concrete and other debris were treated in hospital.

Meanwhile, corpses were recovered from under a collapsed hospital, while five members of a family of eight were found dead in the crumpled remains of their home.

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JAKARTA (Reuters) - An aftershock jolted Indonesia 's Sulawesi island on Saturday as rescue workers combed the rubble of collapsed buildings for survivors after an earthquake killed at least 46 people on Friday and sent thousands of residents fleeing in panic. © Reuters/ANTARA FOTO An aerial picture

Rescue workers on Indonesia 's Sulawesi island continued the grim search for survivors trapped in rubble on Saturday, after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake flattened buildings -- including a hospital -- and left at least 46 people dead .


Video: Aftershock shakes Indonesia quake zone as rescuers hunt for survivors (Reuters)

- Running low on food, supplies -

The thousands left homeless by the quake took to makeshift shelters -- many little more than tarpaulin-covered tents filled with whole families -- that were lashed by heavy monsoon downpours.

a pile of dirt: Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific 'Ring of Fire', where tectonic plates collide © ADEK BERRY Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific 'Ring of Fire', where tectonic plates collide

They said they were running low on food, blankets and other aid, as emergency supplies were rushed to the hard-hit region.

Many survivors are unable to return to their destroyed homes, or were too scared to go back fearing a tsunami sparked by aftershocks, which are common after strong earthquakes.

"It's better to take shelter before something worse happens," said Mamuju resident Abdul Wahab, who took refuge in a tent with his wife and four kids, including a baby.

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The 6.2-magnitude quake struck on Friday (January 15) morning, killing at least 42 people and injuring hundreds. A group of desperate survivors of Friday's deadly earthquake today (January 16) looted an aid delivery truck on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

"We hope the government can deliver aid soon like food, medicine and milk for the children," he added.

Worried about an outbreak of Covid-19 in the crowded camps, authorities said they are trying to separate high- and lower-risk groups.

The quake's epicentre was 36 kilometres (22 miles) south of Mamuju and it had a relatively shallow depth of 18 kilometres.

- Disaster-prone -

In neighbouring Kalimantan, Indonesia's section of Borneo island, at least five people had died in heavy flooding while dozens more were missing, according to reports, while floods have killed at least five people in Manado, hundreds of kilometres north of the quake disaster in Sulawesi.

Landslides in West Java killed at least 28 this week as the rainy season heaps misery on parts of the sprawling nation.

At the eastern end of Java island, rumbling Mount Semeru erupted late Saturday, shooting a plume of ash and debris some 4.5 kilometres (2.8 miles) into the sky, as bright red lava flowed down its crater. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Disaster-prone Indonesia, a Southeast Asian archipelago of nearly 270 million, experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide.

In 2018, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi left more than 4,300 people dead or missing.

And on December 26, 2004, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 throughout the region, including around 170,000 in Indonesia.

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