Jakarta: Seven people were killed and over 8,000 others have fled from their homes as landslides and earthquakes struck Indonesia’s West Sulawesi province, stated officials on Saturday. Residents of Indonesia, which has been in the grip of earthquakes in the past few days, had to flee in search of shelters. Also Read - Bizarre! Turkmenistan Bans the Word 'Coronavirus', Makes Wearing Masks In Public Illegal

The victims died while rescue team was present at the stop to evacuate the survivors, stated Pasamboan Pangloli, head of rehabilitation and reconstruction unit of the disaster management agency in the district, to Xinhua news agency. Also Read - Sonam Kapoor Ahuja Switches From Flaunting Washboard Abs to Downing Pancakes Real Quick And THESE Pictures Are Proof!

The landslides caused by the quake had buried at least 8 houses in the West Sulawesi province, added the official. Also Read - Sonakshi Sinha Gives Befitting Reply to Trolls Calling Her Out For Not Making Donation

The earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7 struck at 9.28 am GMT and had a depth of 46.2 miles (74.4km), stated a report by Express. The epicentre of the quake was located at 96 miles (155km) to the northeast of Bitung in Indonesia.

Bitung is a city in northern Sulawesi, which was recently struck by massive earthquakes, resulting in the deaths of at least 2,100 people.

In the official Twitter handle, the United Nations Development Programme Indonesia said, “Rebuilding a more resilient community in Palu! Communities have joined forces to clear the debris in quake and affected areas in , Indonesia, through our cash-for-work initiative.”

Moderate quakes with magnitudes from 5.1 to 5.5 struck the district in the past few days, said Pangloli. West Sulawesi province borders Central Sulawesi province which was devastated by a series of powerful quakes and an ensuing tsunami by the end of September had left over 2,000 people dead.

(With Agency inputs)